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It’s hard not to worry when so much is required of us. What if we can’t come through and things don’t work out? While worry reveals our concern, we do better to follow the lead of nature. Nature doesn’t worry.

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A stroll through nature feeds the soul in many ways.

For instance, it reminds us that life has its own rhythms and activities independent of our control. We don’t have to figure things out or make things happen.

Nature reminds us to rest in a wisdom and strength beyond our own.

And nature itself demonstrates this rest by its curious lack of worry. While worry is often second nature for us, it’s absent in nature itself.

Birds, for example, might stay busy searching for food. But they also stay focused on what they can do, not on what’s beyond their control. Instead of worrying about the outcome, they simply keep looking for food.

Likewise, wild horses have been observed seeking higher ground or wooded protection during storms. They don’t worry about the storm itself and focus on what they can do – seek protection.

The wisdom of nature teaches us to focus on the choices we can make.

Worrying does not change what needs to be done.

While we have a responsibility to look and plan ahead, worrying about certain outcomes does little good.

And even if we look ahead and realize we need to adjust course, after we’ve adjusted and are doing all we can do – there is no need to worry.

With nature, let’s focus on what we can do while trusting in a wisdom and strength beyond our own.

When worry creeps up, take a walk and let nature remind you that God is still in control.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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