If I were a solar-charging battery, the sunlight that charges me would be the sense of joy and wonder exuded by those I'm helping find connection with nature.
Today I gaze upon a snowy townscape and ice chunks are cruising the Susquehanna River. I hold in my mind's eye, images of warmer days yet to come; days that will involve sharing the joy and wonder of nature with fun groups like the ones in these pictures.
There are rhythms of living that each of us needs to honor for the nourishment of our own souls. If it sounds selfish, let me assure you, it's not. There is a sentence in the Bible that has been a guiding force for me in recent years. It's a simple line that is attributed to Paul in one of his letters to the church in Corinth. He writes, "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other." (1 Corinthians 12:7)
Two of my gifts that I cherish most are my love for Jesus and my love for nature. God's economy is a gift economy, and gifts are made to be given. With all of my heart, I desire to teach the neighbor love of Jesus. With all of my heart, I desire to share the joy and wonder of nature.
If you're like me in the sense that (in typical extrovert form) you find that your "solar battery" is charged by the "sunlight" that comes back to you in the form of good energy from the people with whom you're sharing your gifts; this current season continues to be a difficult and challenging time.
I've enjoyed using new-to-me technology to create videos and livestream events. At the present time, Zoom events are the most fulfilling for an extrovert like me, because the opportunity is there for two-way communication, including the ability to see expressions of happiness and joy on lovely faces that if in-person would need to be covered up by masks.
I'm thankful for the masks and I'm thankful for leaders who continue to make hard decisions to help maintain the physical health and safety of our communities. I'm also looking forward to the day when I can gather with others to help people find connection with nature, and for the good of my own soul to be nourished by the sense of joy and wonder expressed on happy faces.
If I were a solar-charging battery, the sunlight would be the sense of
joy and wonder exuded by those I'm helping find connection with nature. So, I continue to hold in my minds eye, these images of past fulfillment.
What helpful images do you hold in your mind's eye today?
Hoping that you'll soon be able to help your neighbors in ways that nourish your soul.