Blessings in nature
Every day last week I went for a walk. I came across such beauty and it made me realise how blessed I was. Firstly because I live in such a beautiful location but because I am able to get out and about and go for a walk and able to enjoy the gorgeous spring flowers. There are many people who are restricted to their homes due to disability, or illness, live in nursing home due to old age or are currently in hospital and are not able to freely go outside and enjoy their neighbourhood.
I can, but I forget to say thankyou for such a wonderful blessing.
Today I want to share with you some of the beauty I see on my walks. Spring is a wonderful season and I came across so many flowers that are such a joy to look at.
Just look at the pretty pinks that God has created in nature. So feminine and delicate.
Being able to walk without pain is something many of us enjoy but take for granted and not realise what a wonderful blessing it is. I like to walk to keep fit and to help in weight reduction, many ladies are restricted in their walking and I am sure would love to be able to do what I can do each day. For this reason alone I need to be thankful that I can.
Sunshine is so good for our minds and bodies. Whilst I live in a very sunny country, we have high levels of vitamin D deficiency because people are too busy to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Sadly, many women are too busy to take 30 minutes out of each day to go for a walk — a walk that provides pleasure, healthiness, relaxation, calmness to the soul and makes a person happy. How can you walk past these flowers and not feel happy!
When people do walk, they don't take the time to LOOK. Sadly, women rush about in their day and forget to SEE what is around them. I always walk with my iPhone, not for the phone, but for the camera. I am one of those people who like to stop and take photos of all the beauty I find and even on a 30 minute walk I can find a lot to photograph.
The other nice thing about walks is the birds, I often see birds flying about or just being able to listen to their song. Once again, the ability to see and hear is something we take for granted when we shouldn't. A world with no sounds or one that is dark is something I couldn't imagine, but many people live like this and are still very grateful. Having sight and hearing is certainly a huge blessing.
My son, brother and uncle are all colourblind and cannot see the full spectrum of colours that I can see. What a blessing to be able to see such rich colours that God has placed in nature and there is no shortage of colours, such as these beautiful yellows and oranges.
The shrub below smelt lovely and was a privilege to be able to smell it. I have a friend who cannot smell, so she has no idea what a rose smells like, or the arrival of spring, the smell of cut grass or even the smell of a freshly bathed baby. Not being able to smell means she cannot quickly determine if her dinner is burning or the smell of fire. Not being to smell does mean missing out on some of the joys of life, but also being aware of dangers. And the lack of smell affects taste so she doesn't get the full pleasure of food as a result. Another blessing to remember.
Now that the weather is warming, my husband and I like to go for a walk in the evenings. I love walking at this time of the day when the sun is sinking in the sky and creates different lights on the landscape. It is also a nice to time to check out other people's gardens, not to be noisy but to look at their gardens and enjoy their work.
And finally a look across to the mountains in the distances. This isn't very far from where we live and aren't we blessed to have such lovely places to walk each day. Something I need to remind myself of often.