This weekend I got the chance to go hiking with one of my roommates in a wooded area close to campus. As we picked our way through the trees, we followed deer trails across the back of a dairy farmer's property, discovered a beautifully rusty car reminiscent of an older and simpler age, waded through the grassy waves of a goat prairie, climbed enormously gnarly trees, and finally stopped at a breathtaking overlook of the Big Sioux River. It was so stunning, we had to sit down and just soak it in. Suddenly, a bald eagle and its yearling flew up past us and soared effortlessly above our heads for what seemed like hours.
As we sat in awe of the magnificent scene before us, we discussed the incredible restorative power of God's creation. Nature has this amazing ability to pull us out of our little bubbles of school, work, and life. It is so stunningly beautiful that we can't help but stop, open our eyes wide, and take it all in.
I feel that sometimes we spend so much of our daily lives focused, literally, on things six inches from our face – whether it be a phone, a book, a computer monitor, or a TV. God has placed such inherent beauty in His creation that when we view it, we cannot do anything but dilate our pupils and stare in awe. There is something physically and spiritually restorative in that act of admiration and worship.
So this Easter weekend, go out and admire the beauty of God's creation. Soak it in, and let it refresh your soul. Go take a hike!