We are blessed to live in the middle of nature and when you live in the middle of nature it is very easy to understand that there is a God.
We share our land with all kinds of birds and vegetation as well as turtles, frogs, fish, autumn colors, winter snows, and April showers.
One of the positives of grinding through the COVID-19 pandemic is it has slowed me down to a point where I’m observing nature at an entirely different level of beauty.
When you live in the middle of nature you are also vulnerable to some of the challenges it can create.
A couple of evenings ago I noticed a considerable amount of water flowing over our lane instead of through the drain that runs beneath it.
We’ve received a substantial amount of rain over the past couple of days and obviously, the drain was clogged or partially clogged which led to the flooding.
The image of the above scenario quickly appeared in my brain as I read scripture from my morning devotion yesterday:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (AMPC)
The drain that goes under our lane is obviously partially clogged and it wasn’t until we got hit with torrential rainfall and flooding that we were able to notice this problem.
The same thing goes for our hearts as Christians. As long as life is proceeding as expected, our hearts seem to be in pretty good shape.
And then we get hit by a pandemic and the subsequent crash of our economy…
That’s when we find out how strong and clean our hearts really are.
In order for us to be strong and useful for God in spite of the storms we are facing, our hearts need to be clear of anything that might clog them up.
They need to be right, persevering, and steadfast.
Back to Mother Teresa’s quote…
Times like these allow us to find out just how clean our hearts are.
Are you able to see God?
Are you able to speak with God?
Are you seeing the love of God in others?
Are you seeing the beauty around you?