The natural world is a gift from God and created to be more than a backdrop to our lives. Research shows that spending time in nature — even something as simple as taking a walk in the woods — can lower blood pressure and lift depression. So it’s no surprise that forests and other natural habitats have healing properties. Humans feel comfortable in nature, and science shows that when we spend time there our brains behave differently. It affects how we think and how we feel, and has a direct impact on our immune systems and our overall health. Some Asian countries like South Korea and Japan even have designated “healing forests” for their citizens to enjoy.
If you are in need of healing, don’t forget the balm God provides in the wonder of his creation.