Today has been a great day! It is sunny outside and the snow is finally melting and for the first time this year it actually feels like spring! Having some beautiful white tulips on my table helps too! Every year I buy daffodils or tulips this time of year to embrace spring even if the ground here is still covered in snow. Yes, there is still snow where I live in Northern Manitoba. To enjoy this sunny “spring” day I took the kids for a drive out to the lake for a walk. It was so wonderful to be in nature.
During this time of social isolation it has been crucial for my mental state to get out in nature and have a change in scenery. We are so blessed in the north because we are surrounded by forest and lakes. It is so easy for us to safely get outside for a walk and not see anyone. Being more isolated up north, we are fortunate that there are no #Covid-19 cases yet. Despite that fact, it is still critical that we maintain safe distances and practices up here to stay safe and stop the spread if any cases should arise. Our community has taken many actions to achieve that for which I am thankful for. My heart goes out to those who are in cities where getting out in nature isn’t quite as easy to do. Even though we still have LOTS of snow, I will take snow and the freedom to get outside in nature over big city living any day.
While we were out today I saw two eagles and one hawk. It was so beautiful to see nature at its finest, the eagles soaring through the sky, so free. It occurred to me that while we are all at home isolated, nature is still free. Most of all, nature can heal from all of the pollution and damage we do to it. The animals ecosystems can recover and hopefully find balance without the effects of human presence. I realize I say this while sharing that I was in nature walking, but what I am talking about is the effect in nature on a larger scale.
Globally our world has changed because of this viral outbreak. Both in nature and in humanity. We rely on technology now more than ever and as people lose loved ones or fall ill, their lives are being changed forever. My hope is that through this all we can find healing and humility. That we will all use this time to cherish time with our families, and to take a step back to humbly recognize the things in life that are most important. The Bible says:
For where your treasures are, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:21
I hope we can all reflect on where our hearts are and once this is over we can move towards a better earth, a better way of living and maintain our focus on the things that really matter. Nature is free, and we can be free too, even in isolation, there is freedom! I pray you can find that freedom, whatever it looks like for you. For me I enjoy the freedom of the north to enjoy God’s creation, to be reminded of the simpler things in life that are to be cherished, like an eagle flying overhead and time outside with my kids.
We all are living a legacy right now. It is up to us how we choose to spend our time during this #pandemic. What are you treasuring during this time?How are you choosing to spend your time in isolation? Are you walking in freedom?
We are all created to create!