Today is one of those days that remind you why we live in Utah. The sun is out shining on the crystallized snow making it look like the sky has flipped upside down and the stars are sparkling in all their glory under your feet. The air is dry and crisp, easy to inhale (here in Heber anyway, don't know what the Salt Lake valley may look like right now) easy to exhale and is like a fresh cool drink of water to your lungs, it's cleansing and pure and makes your body go "phew". I was just outside for a while with the puppies and they fell the same way. They were running around in the snow, jumping, wrestling, digging, the happiest I have seen puppies in a while. They seem to have an instinctual switch inside them that gives them joy when they are free to just run and play.
Maybe that's why we like the outdoors so much, because there is an instinctual switch that begs us to be in nature around our beginnings and around other life forms that may be more sensitive then we humans are to mother nature and God himself. I would think that a pine tree is somehow more connected to God then I because the tree automatically fulfills the measure of its creation, whereas I may not. I hope to and strive to, but may not if I choose otherwise. Or does that make me closer to God, more like Him then the tree. I am given the choice therefor when I do choose to follow Him and fulfill the measure of my creation or the potential of my creation then I am closer to Him because I have consciously made the choice. So the question is, who is closer to God, the automatic and the choice less or the choosing. That is what separates us from nature anyway, the ability to choose, agency.