Enjoying Bugs on the Sidewalk

enjoying God's creation is good for our health, enjoying creation
Having a healthy wonder for God's creation...

I remember when my 2-year-old granddaughter stopped to examine every bug on the sidewalk as if it were a miracle. 

Gradually, that wonder wears off. 

But it shouldn't!

Wheaton Professor Clyde Kilby taught that the best way to maintain mental health is to quit focusing on self and maintain a wonder for nature, taking time daily to "simply stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person" and joyfully acknowledge their magical existence.  

"The heavens declare the glory of God;  the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 

Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 

They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 
Psalm 19:1-4

Our well-being improves when we allow ourselves to enjoy the bugs on the sidewalk.
Info & quote about Kilby: 10 Resolutions for Mental Health by John Piper


  1. I think that is a good idea to stop and take the time to stare and examine something in nature. We are too hurried and therefore often hurry our children. When I take the twins outside (when they are fussy) they stop crying immediately and listen to the birds and trees blowing in the wind. It is amazing what we take for granite, amazes such little ones.

  2. Great post! I love that my toddler enjoys exploring creation! It makes me slow down and do the same thing. :)

  3. Good point! And fun memories for you that brings back sweet memories for me as well. :)

  4. So Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. The party will be back this week starting Tuesday and 8:00PM mountain time. We can't wait to see what you have to share this week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly


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