The Wonder and Lessons of Nature

Date: Thursday April 5, 2012
Posted in: 英文 English

Winter is gradually leaving and we’re all eagerly awaiting the return of spring. The continual cycle of the seasons is an invariable and dependable part of nature. No matter how bitterly cold the winter, we can always count on spring to blanket the ground with budding flowers. Regardless of the oppressiveness of summer heat, we know autumn will refresh with cool winds. Changes in nature are not only beautiful and amazing but they also often reveal a profound truth to those who take the time to notice.

I once saw a sunrise when I was on a flight. It’s true what they say: The night is always darkest before the dawn. Before the sun rose murky black covered everything. But then the skies brightened with a dazzling rainbow of color and then the sun began to appear. The beauty of the rising sun was unforgettable. The event, though, meant more to me than seeing the mere magnificence of the birth of a new day. I actually found encouragement there. While challenges are a part of existence, as long as one patiently perseveres through the bleakest moments, the night will give way to a morning of hope and light. Like the moon and stars that are illuminated at night, we can shine through adversity.

When the weather is nice I like to take walks through the park to see the signs of the seasons changing. Every spring the sight of sprigs of new leaves budding on the trees fills me with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. The German theologian Martin Luther once said, “Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Each blossoming flower, each blade of grass, each thriving leaf has its own reason and purpose for living.

I also enjoy strolls on the beach. Seeing the wide expanse of the sky and the unending horizon lifts my mood and cheers my spirits. I like watching floating clouds in the sky, each with their own unique shape, because they inspire my creativity and desire to live with infinite possibilities. Sometimes when the ocean breeze blows gently it reminds me that if I believe I will see. Just like the seeds of flowers that scatter in the spring wind, we don’t know where they will necessarily land yet they find the place they were destined, take root and blossom.

On wet days I’m also thankful because the rains nourish the ground and purify the air. Even when there are tears I can be assured that clear skies will come. Sometimes after the rain we can even be delighted by rainbows in the sky!

Nature is spectacular and its wonders are innumerable. May we all learn to recognize and appreciate its creativity, power and the lessons we can glean from it.

 

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English Translation by Haymen Leong

中文原文

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Originally posted on the Amira Culture website

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冬天已逐漸地遠去,大地正在等待着春天的到來。四季的交替轉接,永恒不變。無論是多麼寒冷的冬天,春天的花朵也總會緊接地盛開。無論是多麼酷熱的夏天,秋天的涼風也總會吹來。大自然的變化不但美麗和奇妙,而且許多時候,更彷彿在訴說着一些不變的真理。

我曾經在飛機上看過日出。黎明前的天空最黑暗。直到日出前,漆黑的天空才漸漸地變成彩虹七色,然後轉化成白日的光芒。那是讓我十分難忘的漂亮景象,而它也勉勵了我:在人生的困境中,要耐心等待和不要放棄,因為只要捱過了那最黑暗的時刻,就可以看到燦爛的陽光。而即使在漆黑中,也不必沮喪,就像星星和月亮,在夜空中讓自己變得更閃亮。

天氣好的日子,我喜歡走到公園去散步。公園裡的景色隨着季節轉變。而每當春天來臨,花草樹葉重生長出的時候,讓人感覺充滿了新的希望。德國神學家馬丁路德說:「我們的主不單只在書籍上,也在春天的每片葉子上,寫上了復活的應許。」 一花一草一樹葉,也都有它們活着的因由和意義。

我也喜歡在海灘上漫步。看着廣闊的天空和海洋,心情自然地變得豁然開朗。雲彩常常以各種各樣的形態在天空中飄過,向我們示範如何發揮創意,去活出無限個可能。海風有時候也會溫柔地拂過,提醒我:只要相信,就能看見。如同春天的植物種子般,憑着信心,迎着風,飛往它們所嚮往的方向。

而即使是下雨天,我也仍然感恩,可以有雨水滋潤大地,並且讓空氣變得更加的清新。正如在流淚的日子裡,我知道雨過後總會有天晴,而且有時候還會驚喜地看見彩虹呢!

大自然不但精彩豐富,而且蘊含無數的奧秘。只要用心去欣賞和感受,我們也能夠在當中認識和體會得到其創意、能力,以及寶貴的啟示 。

 

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English Translation by Haymen Leong

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文章收錄於:吳蔚蔚 2015 年 散文集《愛從小事開始》

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原文刊載於 Amira Culture 網站

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