Here’s a good thing.

Dear Pogue,

I thought I’d like to return to the ‘Revolution’ after the last few letters. Stoke the fires if you like. Keep it alive. Are you ready? Ok, take your seats, baseball cap on backwards, sunglasses in position. Off we go.

It has been said that God wrote only two books, which is a bit of a bummer as one of them is an all time best seller! You’d have thought there would have been room for a sequel. Anyway, God is said to have written Scripture and Nature. From the midst of our road trip I want to say, I think the more convincing story is found in nature. Little controversial, but then, how are we going to have a revolution without a little controversy.

Today we climbed to two glaciers and walked around a lake that is renowned for it’s reflective qualities. On our walk we passed through forests lush with ferns and carpeted in moss so pristine we went out of our way to avoid stepping on it. Then we sat by the lake, looked and listened and, yes, the book spoke out. What was all about me was sufficient to convince me of God’s existence and presence. It was a living testimony to the Great Spirit’s nature, the gentle indulgence, the joyful creativity, the unlimited imagination and, somewhere in all this I thought that I heard a voice declaring: “I did this all for my pleasure. Here’s a good thing for you to enjoy”.

Yes, on my part it did require a quieting of my thoughts and spirit. I needed to come to a place where I was listening with all my senses for nature is a total experience.

Returning to source is stillness, which is the way of nature. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source for serenity. To replenish the soul. Which enables us to grow and flourish.

Rhonda Redbirds – Cherokee

If I have a question, and I always have a question, why does man make things so difficult? Why do we form groups and declare that God’s revelation belongs exclusively to us? And, within our groups, we argue over ‘right’ interpretation of our scriptures and form sub-groups. Do you know how many groups exist within Christianity alone? It runs into thousands and each, no doubt, believes they have the best interpretation of scripture, that the Divine has spoken clearest to them.

Do you suppose God tires of all this foolishness? The obstacles we have managed to place between us and her? So many unique paths to enlightenment. I guess you pays your money and takes your choice.

But in nature the Great Spirit has allowed us no alternative text to choose from. Just a single playful, joyful, awesome telling of God’s character, being and desire to be with and amongst us. Nothing to argue about. No nuanced readings of what has been handed down to us. No interpretation upon interpretation. No holding our ‘God given’ text up against another’s ‘God given’ text and declaring there’s is false.

All things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know that He is within all thing: The trees, the grasses, the river, the mountains, and all the four-legged animals, and the winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that He is above all these things and peoples.

Black Elk

I’m afraid, I suppose, that if men and women took their eyes from their written words and looked for the Devine in nature it wouldn’t be long before one group declared that God speaks more in the forest than on the mountain and, therefore, their knowledge is purer, deeper, more authoritative. And what about the desert. Then someone will declare that what we now have is the ultimate revelation and that the Great Spirit can speak no more than we now have…and somewhere not far away, a sacred voice declares, “really, whatever ”.

I’d rather be in the mountains thinking about God than in church thinking about the mountains.

John Muir.

As much as nature remains wild and untamed despite men’s best (worst?) efforts, why do we want a tame God? One who speaks no more, has given the final revelation and can be held within our capacity to understand?

Pogue, give me my God any day. Awesome and wild. Gentle and frightening. Throwing stars into space and yet seated, relaxed, next to me in the forest. Whispering: “Here’s a secret I haven’t told anyone yet. Here’s a good thing. Enjoy”.

Yours, seeking more wilderness, more God,

Wic.

5 thoughts on “Here’s a good thing.

  1. Wow. Thank you for directing me to this post. This describes very much how I feel about nature–be it the mountains, the beaches, or the desert. I have found God on my back porch listening to the birds and feeling the breeze.

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