“Then God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. He put the Man he had just made in it. God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground, trees beautiful to look at and good to eat. The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden, also the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.” Genesis 2:8-9
A walk in the woods is a great way to start the day. The Rocky Bayou State Park in the Panhandle of Florida has a nature trail with a guide to point out the different trees and explains a bit about their habitat. It reminded me that nature is part of our community and how humans and trees and plants depend on air, water, soil, and sunlight to survive.
As I walked this morning, I was reminded how precious our state and national parks are to the people who take time to visit them. I have always wanted to tidy up the forest floor and get rid of the downed tree branches, decaying stumps, and fallen leaves, but that would be interfering with God plan for his creation to take care of itself. All the dead trees and branches eventually break down and become a mealy substance to put nutrition and balance back into the soil for more trees and grasses to grow.
If man were left to intercede with the forests, the trees and vegetation would eventually die, and so would man.
Lord, help us be kind to nature for all to enjoy and for life to go on! Amen.