You guys, nature is just so fascinating to me. The sky, the air, the trees, the grass… all of it.
When I was little, and my parents can definitely attest to this, I HATED to be outside. I think that is mostly because I was scared of two things: BUGS and SWEAT. Two things that are synonomous with being outdoors pretty much anywhere. However, now that I am older I have really learned how to love being away from the man-made and treating myself to the peaceful outdoors. I mostly just learned how to ignore the bugs and get used to sweating…. but still, peace is what I try to focus on while being outdoors.
For our honeymoon, Mr. Yell and I went to the lovely city of Seattle, Washington… and it was just pure bliss. I had been craving a cooler climate for months, and he surprised me with the honeymoon that he planned (all by himself!) to the Pacific Northwest.
Living in Louisiana for the past seven (already SEVEN??) years, I had almost forgotten how other climates feel. And while I have traveled during those seven years, there is just something refreshing about visiting a cool place in the middle of a hot, southern summer.
Not only were we refreshed after all the wedding craziness, but we also experienced so many of the beautiful things that the PNW has to offer.
We experienced the salty, misty air of the Pacific ocean, and all of the tiny ecosystems it had to offer. There were tide pools and small little islands of trees and birds. This picture does not do it justice!
We went to the HOH rainforest and saw such deep green, old trees. They towered over us… some were about 300 feet tall. This one that Mr. Yell is trying to embrace was one of the medium sized ones.
Mr. Yell and I even ventured to Mt. Rainer and hiked a short trail to a lookout of Mt. Rainer herself. In this picture, her summit is hidden by the clouds, but the air was the most pure I had experienced in quite a while. We even saw some hairy marmots playing!
Such beauty surrounded us at almost every turn. To say I was amazed is an understatement, but I was. Every single tiny detail in nature was completely thought out. From the food for the animals, the life cycle of the gigantic trees, even to the tiny tide pools by the ocean. Each ecosystem was beautifully and carefully taken care of.
Our God just cares so much. He planned all of these little details for the various natural habitats; yet he loves us more than all of these beautiful things combined. It is so hard to remember in times of need and stress, but it is so true. God cares for the animals and the plants, so why would He not care for us?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6: 26
We can even take this a step further. Friends (men and women, alike) God created beautiful sunsets and flowers. He created beautiful, strong animals; and He gave them instincts the need to survive. He loves us more than these. He thinks we are more beautiful, stronger, and worth the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus. His love is not just about food and shelter, but confidence in who we are as His creations. We don’t bash glorious beaches or delicate wildflowers. We find wonder in them. So should we also find love and wonder in who God created us to be as well?
To hate on our bodies or our abilities is to throw impurities in the face of the creator who made it.
While there is a stigma, or an uneasiness in looking to nature for beauty and meaning, I don’t think we should forget about it entirely. God can use whatever and whoever He wants to teach us lessons. We just have to be open to seeing what that lesson may be.
So be encouraged, you are loved and beautiful and cared for.
Much love. Much grace.