Relief vs. Restoration

Nature offers restoration. Our culture offers relief. Relief is momentary; it’s checking out, numbing, sedating yourself. Television is relief. Eating a bag of cookies is relief. Tequila is relief. And let’s be honest – relief is what we reach for because it’s immediate and usually within our grasp. Most of us turn there, when what we really need is restoration” (86). Technology – where most people live their lives – is draining. Nature is healing. So reduce one and increase the other. Nature heals, teaches, strengthens, soothes; it brings us the presence of God, for “the whole earth is filled with his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Go let is restore your soul – daily, whenever possible.

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