Ps.96:11,12 – Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice.

As a child I listened to a secular song called “Whispering Pines” over and over again. For years I would wander in the woods near our house alone letting the sounds and imagination roam. I would often listen to the sounds of the “Whispering Pines”. There is a place near my mother-in-law’s home in North Carolina where I have gone over the years where all you can hear is the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. Sitting in the silence and listening to the sound of creation can have a profound impact on your life. These sounds are not accidental, they are the work of God displaying His beauty through His handiwork. We can sense His peace through the whispering of the wind in the trees, we can feel His power in the roaring of the waves, and we can hear His joy in the singing of His birds. here is how Jonathan Edwards describes the beauty of God in His creation.

“The harmonies of shapes and motions throughout the natural world cannot be numbered, but each one of this infinite number points to the spiritual beauty that consists in sweet harmony and agreement. For example, the gentle motions of trees and lilies are designed by God to represent calmness, gentleness, and benevolence in the heavenly realm. But they also seem to speak in their own way. The fields and woods seem to rejoice, and the birds appear to soar with delight. The fields are full of every grace imaginable when the sun shines serenely and without disturbance upon them. At these times, every graceful and beautiful disposition of mind is suggested—such as the gratitude and love of a being toward its creator, preserver, kind benefactor, and fountain of happiness.”

I highly recommend you making time to get alone with the sounds of God. Even if you live in a city like New Orleans there are places you can go. You can walk around in City Park, take a hike down one of our levees, or even an early morning jog or bike ride at the Lakefront. God is speaking, taking time to listen is healing for your soul.

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