March 25, 2019 – “Dear children! This is a time of grace. As nature renews itself for a new life, you also are called to conversion. Decide for God… In nature seek God who created you, because nature speaks and fights for life and not for death…”
The Blessed Mother is pointing to something quite important that we often miss, and that is seeing nature as window into the Heart of God. She regularly calls us to this contemplative encounter with nature, and the timing of it is perfect since in most places the wheels of Spring is finally rolling, and each day we are getting closer to Easter.
Here are a couple messages where Our Lady has spoke of nature:
September 25, 2012 – “Dear children! When in nature you look at the richness of the colors which the Most High gives to you, open your heart and pray with gratitude for all the good that you have and say: ‘I am here created for eternity’ – and yearn for heavenly things because God loves you with immeasurable love. This is why He also gave me to you to tell you: ‘Only in God is your peace and hope, dear children’. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
February 25, 2011 – “Dear children! Nature is awakening and on the trees the first buds are seen which will bring most beautiful flowers and fruit. I desire that you also, little children, work on your conversion and that you be those who witness with their life, so that your example may be a sign and an incentive for conversion to others. I am with you and before my Son Jesus I intercede for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
August 25, 2003 – “Dear children! Also today I call you to give thanks to God in your heart for all the graces which He gives you, also through the signs and colors that are in nature. God wants to draw you closer to Himself and moves you to give Him glory and thanks. Therefore, little children, I call you anew to pray, pray, pray and do not forget that I am with you. I intercede before God for each of you until your joy in Him is complete. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
April 25, 2002 – “Dear children! Rejoice with me in this time of spring when all nature is awakening and your hearts long for change. Open yourselves, little children, and pray. Do not forget that I am with you and I desire to take you all to my Son that He may give you the gift of sincere love towards God and everything that is from Him. Open yourselves to prayer and seek a conversion of your hearts from God; everything else He sees and provides. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
During Spring and Summertime, I love going out with my trusty camera and photographing my adventures. And the types of photography I enjoy the most is nature and landscape photography. There’s just something so cathartic about it to me. Just escaping the busy and noisy concrete jungle, and retreating to some countryside; all the sirens, car horns, loud music and neighbors replaced with birdsong and the gentle sounds of a cool breeze rustling through the trees; sitting in a shaded spot along the edges of a clearing, watching the birds, groundhogs, and deer busying themselves with simply living. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t some kind of spiritual experience for me, and one that brought about feelings of awe and inspiration; thanking God for how perfectly and beautifully He created everything!
Observing and admiring nature brings about a lot of deep contemplation for me, such as how the seasons seem to mirror Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in a completely silent and subtle way. And it also shows just how balanced and harmonious nature is compared to the chaos and instability of man. The birds and flowers show us God’s providence; how He takes care of Creation. And meanwhile, because of sin and not trusting in God, human beings hurt themselves and each other.
A society removed from God and all goodness, destroys life. Our Lady says, “nature fights for life.” This is true because God’s spirit is in nature. Animals protect and defend their young to the death, while women are encouraged, and celebrate, killing a baby that poses as a mere inconvenience. Nature is far more humane than actual human beings nowadays. What darkness our world has fallen in! Therefore, Our Lady calls us to conversion. To decide for God and life, not death and sin.
Perhaps the best Gospel reading that touches on, nature, Divine Providence and deciding for God is this:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. [Mt 6: 24-34]
There’s so much we can learn from nature. Whether you’re off in some countryside, or just sitting in the park, there’s so much God wants to reveal to us through His Creation if we’d just take a moment to pay attention. And if and when we do, it’d tell us that we are not alone; that we are not destined for death and destruction; that we are each loved beyond comprehension by a Father God Who has created each and every one of us so uniquely and beautifully! He sustains us, just as He sustains nature. May we always put our trust in Him, so that we can then live and be free as He created us to be!