“Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.” ~ George Washington Carver
There are many lessons about unconditional love we can learn from nature. An all-time favorite book of mine is, Hinds Feet on High Places Written by, Hannah Hurnard. The author uses some of the most beautiful analogies from nature to describe life’s lessons. One in particular always inspires me. Wild flowers are often in places where no eye will ever see them, yet they cheerfully shine their beautiful faces to the sun.
“…and little wild flowers have a wonderful lesson to teach. They offer themselves so sweetly and confidently and willingly, even if it seems that there is no one to appreciate them. Just as though they sang a joyous little song to themselves, that it is so happy to love, even though one is not loved in return… All the fairest beauties of the human soul, its greatest victories, and most splendid achievements are always those which no one knows anything about, or can anyone dimly guess at. Every inner response to Love and every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of Love.
Many a quiet, ordinary, hidden life, unknown to the world, is a veritable garden in which Love’s flowers and fruits have come to such perfection that it is a place of delight where the King of Love himself walks with his friends. Some of my servants have indeed won great visible victories and rightly loved and revered by men, but always their greatest victories are like the wild flowers, that no one knows about.”
The wild flowers demonstrate unconditional love, giving with no expectation of having any returned. It is the silent victories that give life meaning and build character. The moments were we make a choice to put someone first or serve without the other knowing, these are the wildflower moments in our life.
The daily decisions we make minute by minute determine how much we enjoy life as a journey and love for the sake of love. Reading this book made me stop to think of all the lessons we can learn from nature. To learn the secret truths that give life meaning, purpose and beauty, we must stop to look and listen. Sometimes we just need to slow down and take the scenic route. Sometimes in the pursuit of happiness we need to stop and just be happy.
True unconditional love is one that needs no recognition but the pure joy of loving is its own reward. This is the love I am determined to be.
My Challenge: Take a moment in nature, the weather is so perfect this time of year. Listen for the lessons on love she teaches and journal on them.
Maria Elena Escobar