God the Lord … gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it [earth].’ Isaiah 42:5 NIV
Scotland has been enjoying some beautiful weather this week. The skies have been a cloudless blue, the sun hot, and not a drop of rain has been seen. What a difference the weather makes to our outlook on life from the dull, dreich, cold and wet weather that we normally get!
It’s beneficial to get outside to feel the benefits of nature. We hear again and again how good it is for our mental health nowadays. Life can, at times, become very complicated, confusing and upsetting. It’s good to get back to the fundamentals of life itself. This verse portrays something of life's simplicity to me.
Nothing is as restorative as being out in the fresh air: a hill climb, a day in the garden or a walk in the countryside. The simplicity of relaxing and breathing calmly, walking in the fresh air and feeling the ground beneath our feet helps us to enjoy life and feel stronger.
It’s good to forget about the confusing emotions we feel at times. Words can be so misunderstood. It helps to get out there and enjoy the beautiful things of this world. It brings everything back into perspective.
Summer is only beginning. It’s time to enjoy life and appreciate the world we live in. Get yourself outside, away from the turmoil of your mind and live life. Enjoy the solid earth beneath your feet and each breath you breathe. Your mind might be confused, but the world isn’t. Let its strength and quietness stabilise you.
‘The mountains will bring peace to the people.’ Psalm 72:3 NKJV
The Bible recommended it long before we knew what mental health was. We can find Him as much out there in the fresh air as we can in our room in prayer. Let His peace settle on your spirit as you learn to relax in the beauty of the world He has given.
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 NIVUK