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The Full Story About

The Great Outdoors


God's Gifts

The earth is full of music. It takes a sensitive individual with a keen ear to hear its fullest glory and a wondering eye to see its magic. To be bored in a world as beautiful as this one is a crime. With lakes, streams, rivers, mountains, gardens, woods, forests, and oceans, how could you sit inside and pout? The life outside your window is full of miracles, but we have become so accustomed to their beauty that we mistakenly regard them as ordinary things. Why, Mother Nature is anything but ordinary, and she deserves our utmost respect. God has written His word on the very flowers, leaves, and trees; He has spread His gospel on the clouds of the day and the stars of the night. He begins and ends every day with a rising and setting sun that paints the entire sky. A sight that beautiful is anything but a mistake.

"So, of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir


All of nature is a painting. A sunset conveys the swishes of a paintbrush on a canvas. I once read that whenever an artist dies, God lets them paint the sky to say goodbye. I hope that one day when it is my time to go, I get the luxury of leaving my mark that night. It makes you wonder what the sunset looked like the night Van Gogh, Raphael, Monet, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Thomas Cole, Copley, and Benjamin West died. It is hard to look at nature and not believe in God; a sight as magnificent and wonderous as that cannot be a coincidence or pure science. It is skillfully beautiful--only a true creator could have produced something like that.

"God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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