When was the last time you laid in the grass looking up through the branches and leaves of a tree? Or watched puffy white clouds float across the sky?
To be honest, I didn’t set out to ponder the universe. But after making it up the street to the high school and around the newly reconditioned track encompassing the football field I was beat.
Spotting a bench in the park on my way back to the house my intention was to sit down for just a minute to catch my breath. But the grassy hillside in the shade was so inviting that just moments after I sat down, I leaned back to take in the soft coolness of the grass and gaze up between the branches and the leafy-ness.
I found my thoughts drifting…the branches in the trees with the leaves at the end look so much like the structure of our lungs. And as a lightning strike in the distance grabbed my attention, I noticed how much it looks like a neuron – a nervous system cell.
I marveled at how much of biology is repetitious with structure and function – like the leaves of the tree help it take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, and our lungs do the same for our bodies – take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide.
But also how no 2 fingerprints are alike and no two snowflakes either. So much simplicity in repetition, yet so much complexity in individuality.
Made me realize how long it’s been since I laid down under a tree and just watched the clouds go by and pondered the universe.
And how little time kids have to do just that these days…with the minutes that aren’t structured with school and teams and clubs being filled with technology and video games.
Anyway – had a little communing with God about creation and wrote a short poem – dictated into my cell phone, and then came on home.
Here’s the start of the poem I wrote – You’re invited to sit under a tree and finish it – or write your own!
Thank You, God, for the sun
For making trees
For sending the breeze
Thank You for making the mountains so tall
And the sky so blue
It all points us to You
The beauty of the world
The puffy clouds
The gorgeous flowers
The highest peaks
The tiny bee
Amazes me for hours
The complexity eludes me
The simplicity astounds
The repetitiveness amazes me
and the diversity abounds
How about you? When was the last time you just looked around and marveled – thinking about everything…and nothing?
Get outside this week if you can. Take in God’s Creation. And listen to what it says to you.