Go Outside

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It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
— Tolkien

There exists an abundance of possibilities if one would only venture past the threshold of one's home and explore the space around him. Adventure does not necessitate crossing a great distance, but distance traveled surely doesn't hamper the spirit of discovery. Regardless of location, if one keeps a curious nature, he can unearth hidden treasures in the world around him. Flowers blossom, rivers flow, trees reach for the sun with the same yearning for light that resides inside each person. Observing the outdoors allows one to discover the fingerprints of The Creator in each detail.

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One can cherish the nuances of the universe by dwelling on the bodies that occupy the sky. Clouds display a variety of moods ranging from friendly wisps of vapor to light and fluffy forms or dark and brooding warnings. The moon waxes and wanes, softening the harshness of the sun while reminding the viewer of a truer light. The stars stretch the imagination to attempt to grasp the fullness of such a vast chasm of cold darkness. 

The surface of our planet tells a story of rhythm and elicits gratitude that God cares for the smallest aspects of life. Water rests in giant containers, lapping at the edges of lakes, roaring over cataracts, and balancing the tides in a nightly lunar dance. Plants blanket the earth, offering a covering to barren wilderness and clothing to the fields. Even the dust urges one to proclaim praise to The Father, by being compellingly vacant of life in the absence of His breath.

We are in the midst of it all, humbly lacking understanding and petitioning for a higher purpose. It seems brazen, in light of creation, to demand a greater cause for life. We should join the song that surrounds us and praise the one true God.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
— Psalm 19:1-6

- Andrew

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