If only life came with an instruction manual! We could all turn to a specific page and find guidance on handling life's journey. Unfortunately, life does not work that way. We do not get a user manual to guide us through life's diverse events.
But, If we slowed down, we would notice the many lessons and answers already out there in nature. We just need to open our eyes and hearts to see them all around us.
Stay as the witness, and everything becomes clear!
I have had many deeply connected moments with nature, where time stands still and I feel one with God, yet I never thought to look to nature for answers.
In this month's article, I am sharing some of the life lessons I got from nature.
One thing I have realised is that nature can only teach what you are open to discovering. There is so much wisdom in nature.
This year we experienced a harsh winter. The weather was blistering cold; most of the flowers and plants in our garden at home were all withering. But, in the middle of this drying and dying, there was one plant that was blooming. Its leaves were so green and full of zeal. It even had these beautiful white flower blossoms. This was such an "aha moment." This simple yet so profound phenomenon was so enlightening to me.
I bring up this fact because we often feel that other people have an easier life than ourselves. The very thing I lack is that with which he is blessed. I see him smiling at the minute when I am in a ferment. While I hardly know how to make ends meet, he is buying a big house. While I am burying hope, he is in the full enjoyment of all that makes for happiness and prosperity.
You see, just like how the plant was blooming while everything around it was withering.
We are always prone to contrast our darker minutes with other people's brighter ones. We forget, or perhaps we never know that they do the same with us. At times we are as much the object of all their envy as they ever are of ours.
I say this not on the belief that misery loves company but to do away with the comparison syndrome in the minds of many. We should understand that we all go through seasons. Life presents struggles that will test our faith and strength. Sometimes we walk through those struggles unscathed. And other times, we wither and die.
As seasons change, we are guided to learn acceptance and non-resistance. A green leaf does not resist turning red when autumn approaches. Trees do not resist leaves falling when winter arrives. They stand deeply rooted in the ground, with their vulnerability out in the open and branches spread wide, surrendering to the Universe. "Do what you will with me; I trust it is for my highest good."
It is just part of the cycle. Sometimes you lose something you work so hard to gain. But the Universe will always have its way to prove to you it was not a mistake. You will bloom again.
Nature understands that all things have a purpose under God. Everything in nature serves a purpose. Even the things we deem useless. If they cease to exist, the world as we know it will be off-balance. We should value what each creation does, even if it does not aid our own survival. Everything in the Universe is part of God's design.
My life, my work, myself - all are as much a necessary part of God's design. In other words, I am not of my own. I am His. Not only am I responsible to God, but He is responsible for me.
For most of my life, I have been busily engaged in directing my life for myself. I was like a child who hoped to make a smoothly working toy work more smoothly by prodding it. I could not leave it alone. It had not occurred to me that the course of my life is God's own business and that if I could follow the Psalmist's advice and "commit my way unto Him, He would bring it to pass."
It seemed to me that nothing would be achieved unless I worried and fretted over it myself. Whereas the same wise Psalmist goes on to say, "fret not thyself...", "trust in the Lord and do good." he goes on to say.
This is nothing new, but I had never applied it to my life. If I try to "trust in the Lord and do good." Which I suppose means doing my duty to the best of my limited ability - He will look after the rest.
By me doing good, I am fulfilling my purpose. That is all that is required of me. To feel that I could give up being responsible for results and devote myself to doing good was itself a relief.
Nature will teach you different things depending on your goals.
If you have reached this point, thank you so much for reading. Please feel free to share your own lessons.