There is something calming about the outdoors that the indoors does not offer us. If our stress levels are high, all we have to do is go for a walk and we will soon be back to normal.
Somewhere along the way, we lost our way. It wasn't very long ago that President Kennedy was challenging Americans to take 50 mile hikes. Today, this kind of challenge would be considered a cruel joke.
Not only are we suffering physically from living a life indoors, but I believe we are suffering spiritually. It is easier to deny God's existence inside.
And after a lifetime of staying inside we may actually view the outside with scorn and lose our ability to see the wonder of God in nature. A rainfall is a nuisance. A waterfall becomes a power source, and a mountain range an obstacle.
Years ago, when my daughter was 2 years old I was unbuckling her from her car seat one night. I gathered her in my arms as I maneuvered myself out of the car and began my walk up the driveway to our home.
“Look, Daddy,” she said. I looked up. I saw nothing.
“Look, “she said again. I resumed my walk after looking and seeing nothing, again.
“Lights” she said in wonder.
I looked up. This time I saw them. The sky was full of brilliant, shimmering stars. I had not noticed them. My mind had been so cluttered with worries and problems that I could not see the miracle that was just above me.
Holding her close, we stood there, looking at the stars.