The Mamushi Book of Life: 8. Nature and God
One view from the valley where God was found
Nature is contained in God and God is contained in Nature
People have asked me questions concerning where they could find God. They have asked, "Is God in Nature?" Or "Is Nature a part of God?" And "Where is God?" If one loves Nature and enjoys spending time in Nature, and is sincere about finding God there, one will find God there. One needs to ask one's self "What do I want from God, or what do I need from God?" Then one must ask the question "Do I know what Nature is and do I really need Nature?" We live in a time where many people have not really seriously contemplated Nature. Therefore, they have no real appreciation for Nature.
There was an old man that I knew once who was born in the 1800's. He could remember a time when the Civil War was fought in America. He could remember a time when President Abraham Lincoln (he was 11 years old) signed the Emancipation Proclamation (freeing the slaves). He was a slave himself, and his parents were slaves. I met him, spent some time with him before he died in 1958. He was more that 100 years old when he died (because he had no birth certificate it is difficult to know his exact age).
The purpose behind all of this discussion about this old man is to make a point about how he was able to find God in Nature. He could not read or write. He lived in a little cabin in the woods, in this valley where I was born and raised. I used to observe his ways. All the foods that he ate, he either raised it himself (like chickens, eggs, pigs, and guinea fowls). He also raised corn, beans, tomatoes, watermelons, honeydew melons, and other produce in his garden. He would eat wild plants also, herbs, and many plants that we call weeds. He know which weeds were good for foods and medicines. He was a master of herbal medicine and know all the herbs in the valley and how to use them to his advantage for healing.
He was able to see God in Nature and he freely received all the things that he needed to maintain Life from Nature which he considered the "hands of God." He had no need for churches or for church buildings, or a need congregations that made up churches. He met God, face to face, out in the woods, or the forests, or in the hills that surrounded the valley that we lived in. God was there in valley, and he knew it, because he could feel the presence of God there.
This story about the old man who was my friend is given to you as an example of a simple man who helped me to know how to find God. As I write in hubs to come I will talk more about him, sharing some more of his insights. I hope that you find this a useful method of learning about Nature, God, spiritual things and about Life. As you go, Peace.