An iphone 4s with a photo of a mon and kids at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

We can sometimes get lost in the world of our smartphones, but does that provide us with peace.

           Church just ended and I found myself engrossed in my phone outside the church sanctuary. Dozens of people milled around me socializing and going about their business. My wife went to pick up our children from Sunday School. I took the opportunity to look at my social media and email. I lost myself in my phone and shut the world out around me.

Jolted Back to Reality

Morning sunshine through the trees in the Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado.

The peaceful trees along my walk with God near our campsite in the Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado.

            My escape from reality did not last very long. I jolted back to rediscover the activity around me and gasped a mental breath to get my bearing upon my return. My escape from reality did not prove relaxing. Escaping into our phones hardly ever does. It is a false escape. A true escape brings a sense of peace. How often, if ever, do we gather a sense of peace when we escaped into our phones? By contrast, even a short break into nature can provide us with a peace that relaxes our spirit.

           My family and I took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. We spent four days tent camping right next to the park in the Roosevelt National Forest. Traveling with two 5-year-olds is not as relaxing as it was before we had children. We experienced a couple days of rain that added to the travel stress. Still, there were moments where the wilderness brought peace.

Finding Peace    

        One morning I got up early and walked up the wooded hillside right next to our tent. I did not go very far. I still saw the campground and our tent through the trees, but yet I found rest and peace during this short escape. I walked and talked with God and enjoyed the simple peace of the forest. When I walked back to the camp there was no sudden jolt of reality and the peace remained to help me start my day.

Low morning clouds hang on the siloutted mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park

A view of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado from our campground.

            We can find moments of escape in nature that reminds us of the peace of God. Unlike electronic gadgets, it provides rest for our unsettled lives and points us to God. And only in Him do we find an everlasting peace and an eternal escape.

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Blog: Nature and a Sense of Peace — 6 Comments

  1. I agree. I had to move to an area near my daughters because of my and my wifes health. Where we lived, I had several places to walk in the National Forrest near my home. I even had an overlook where I could look down on the valley and watch eagles soaring below me, fishing in the river at the middle of it. Miss that. A lot.

  2. Lytle creek is where I have lived now four years and tho ate creek is low it is still awesome to see nature wild life and the beauty of mountains surrounding area. I could never go back to the cement jungle.

  3. John 14:27 “Peace I leave unto you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”