I’ve been taking the kids on fairly frequent nature walks so that they can become more familiar with, well, nature. The birds and bugs and plants. To become more observant. But I’ve been learning myself that there are a lot of life lessons to be learned on these walks as well.
Lesson 1: Obedience. If mom says to stay off the parking lot, is keeping one foot on the grass obedient enough?
Lesson 2: If you can never get a picture of 4 small children all smiling for the camera at the same time, have them all face away from the camera. Problem solved.
Lesson 3: A small stone can make a big ripple. The same goes for our words and actions.
Lesson 4: It’s OK to get our hands dirty. After all, we can’t examine the river slime when it’s in the water. God made our skin in a marvelous way; it’s easy to wash.
Lesson 5: It’s also OK to get our feet wet.
Even if we’re not wearing sandals or boots.
Lesson 6: Look for and appreciate the small things in nature, and in life. Like these baby lily pads that my son found. I hadn’t even noticed them before he pointed them out.
Lesson 7: Sometimes it’s good to sit down. A new perspective can make all the difference.
Lesson 8: Enjoy these days. There will be messes and laundry to deal with but these years go by quickly (and yes, I’m reminded myself of this as well.) We have our children for only a few years and then they’re on their own for the rest of our lives.
O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions
Psalm 104:24 NKJV