A well-known theologian, Martin Luther once said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write” What he wrote did change the religious world both in his time and today. As you read these few words my objective in writing this is to influence you to take your eyes, ears and soul outside. There is no internal plan in my heart to change the world. My goal; influence one person at a time. You are a fine beginning. My objective: to get you outside. Outside more than you are to get to your next inside place. Outside when you are only in the fresh air because you have another goal in mind; probably something inside.
You should ask. There are books written about the value of time outside; you can read those later if you like. Use these words to get motivated; then outside.
It is no contest. Being inside is almost always more comfortable than outside. Powered by always available electricity we are able to make our indoor climate as cool or as warm as we need. The buildings we use are designed keep us dry, the climate controlled to the degree. There is no wind to chill the air. The places to sit are usually more comfortable. Inside is more comfortable.
While life is more enjoyable when we are comfortable, our bodies and souls require what climate controlled space inside cannot provide.
We are not solely a brain perched on a body with two legs and two feet. We are uniquely body and spirit. Sometimes bodily comfort overrides what our soul is seeking. If we seek physical comfort long enough, it becomes quite easy to block out the call of our soul for time outside.
God could have put Adam and Eve in a building. Imagine the building an all knowing, infinitely powerful God could build, and how fast He could do it. Yes, God could have placed them in a building. He did not. Adam and Eve were placed in a perfectly formed exquisite garden. It was absolutely perfect. God shared His garden with them. They were to be the stewards of the garden.
This is important; we were made for the garden. The garden is still in existence. It is outside your door. Ok, it’s not THE garden. It is God creation, it is a garden. You and I were made for it.
Remember what God did with Adam and Eve in the garden? He walked with them! Time outside is time when God will “walk” with you. We have been given eyes to see, ears to hear, a nose to smell, fingers to touch. All senses given to us to use to explore the garden.
Our souls need to see the beauty of the garden; sunrise and sunset and all of earth’s beauty in between these times. Our souls need the peace of that garden. This peace comes from God and is present outside now. Sit down with your back to a tree or just on the earth. Close your eyes, listen. Linger there long enough for your heart rate to slow, your stress level to lower. Allow your lungs to fill and refill with air made fresh by wind and rain. Put your indoor agenda aside-it can wait.
Both body and soul benefit from time outside.
Help me with my mission. Humor me. My hairs are gray, and my age meter is ticking off ever larger numbers. My mission, you know, go outside. One other thing happens when you intentionally go outside to observe the garden and enjoy it: you begin to see Gods invisible qualities-eternal power, divine nature. Why wouldn’t we? He made all we see. We are using eyes He made to delight in the garden He made.
Ancient Israel’s King, David wrote the words that follow,
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:18
With this shepherd who became king, David, allow me to proclaim to you the might and power of God. It is visible outside. Go-see. Do some “gardening” each day. You won’t be disappointed.