In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. ~Ephesians 4:26
May is here!! The flowers in Vancouver are flourishing so beautifully. I don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic, or because people are confined to their homes, there are a lot of wild animals roaming around in Vancouver, and they may be seen in the countryside, the suburbs, the backyard of the neighbor’s house, or even on the streets. From the common Canadian geese, coyotes, to bears, they all may pop up in your backyard.
Perhaps the emergence of this natural beauty and animals are related to the pandemic; the reduction of human activities has given more space for wild animals. People had been giving an increasing amount of pressure to the environment, and the pandemic has unexpectedly created this rare opportunity for recuperation between the people and the environment.
The environment needs rest, and the human heart also needs rest. In life, there are a lot of stress that we can’t see. The stress of work, the stress of the economy, the stress of each person’s role in the family, and even the stress of self-expectation, making different demands and expectations to ourselves every day for survival. The continuous changes in society requires us to keep evolving, so as not to become marginalized people. Generation by generation, the old passes, and the new inherits, this is the alternation of life, constantly moving forward. This was originally a beautiful cycle, but under all these different stress, we have lost the opportunity to enjoy life.
Many flowers are in full bloom, but no one is in the mood to appreciate them. Beautiful lives in nature are breeding, but we have no intention to be part of it. Many beautiful things are happening in the world, but we are blind from them. The heaviness and tension in our hearts make us anxiously moving to the next stop, there is no time to stop with our beloved ones and enjoy the beautiful moments. Our hearts are in pain! It prevents us from seeing the world with the right and healthy attitude. Our spirit are restrained, making our emotions fluctuate, inflicting self-harm onto ourselves, revealing our weakness and low self-esteem.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverb 4:23). We need to fill our hearts with new nutrients, when our hearts are filled with love, we will be able to see love; when our heart feels grace, that’s when we will see grace. Our way of life are created by our hearts, the heart affects our emotions and determines whether we can enjoy the beauty that this world brings.
The flowers outside are in full bloom, ask God to give us a beautiful heart and a joyful mind, so that we can see the beauty of the world.