137. In Contact with Nature

Today’s reading: “The Ministry of Healing” pp. 261–262.

The plan of life which God appointed for our first parents has lessons for us.

From the busyness of Mind-cure we come outdoors, not to work, but to follow Christ’s example,

In a life wholly devoted to the good of others, the Saviour found it necessary to turn aside from ceaseless activity and contact with human needs, to seek retirement and unbroken communion with His Father...
All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God…p. 58.

Because,

The more closely His plan of life is followed, the more wonderfully will He work to restore suffering humanity.

and complete restoration is Christ’s mission (p. 17)

The Plan

So let’s look at this plan.

Lots of,

  • close contact with nature
  • close communion with “the holy ones of heaven”
  • delight in the “sights and sounds”, the works of His hands
  • blue sky, sunshine, grass, trees and flowers

Less of,

  • artificial adornments and luxuries
  • noise, excitement and communion
  • smoke, dust and poisonous gases

All this will result in,

  • health and happiness
  • joy
  • hearing His lessons for us
  • restoration of humanity
  • help and hope
  • relief of suffering

And if we stay inside the four walls,

Shut up in this way, they brood over their suffering and sorrow, and become a prey to their own sad thoughts.

The choice is pretty stark.

Index to “The Ministry of Healing” readings.

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