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John Muir once said, “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
I like to think that John Muir, a Scottish-born American naturalist, was my great grandfather! He and I have kindred spirits when it comes to the mountains and the love of nature. When I was young, my mother taught me many life lessons through 4-H, a rural school club, where I learned to collect insects for the 4-H fair. Each summer, Mom and I would traipse the woods for all the crawly bugs we could find and even now I have a beautiful collection of insects cases hanging on my wall.
The Smithsonian would be proud.
If you carve out time each week to climb some mountains, or at least find a park or trail near your neighborhood, you will be blessed if you reflect on the solitude and order of creation. You will experience rays of light as they gloriously peek through cloud banks or play hide and seek with the trees. Your walk will bring refreshment to your soul, rest to your mind and restoration to your spirit.
But as we’re inspired by nature’s awesome beauty, we can’t lose sight of nature’s Creator.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature —have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” (Romans 1:20)
And there’s no better place to enjoy God’s handiwork than right here in Colorado. Come visit and see for yourself the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado.