Finding the Divine in the Sassafras Trees

This week, as school and the B.A.R. Hoppers took a hiatus for Spring Break, I boated over to Nantucket to visit my dad for a few days. Turns out, leaving the big city and getting out into some more natural environments is a great way to practice vicariously.

Even the least religiously inclined among us would likely feel a little tug at their soul among the Sassafras and Tupela trees in Squam Swamp:

I always enjoy walks through the woods with my dad. As a botanist he knows endless facts about everything from mushrooms to canopies. He also often gets nostalgic and tells adventure stories from his youth. Fittingly, this time he told a story about a van full of nuns who ran him off the road on one of his bike trips.

For a change of scenery, I biked down to the beach one afternoon. I realized that the vastness of the ocean is pretty much completely incomprehensible to me (also included in this category — outer space and my affinity for sweet potatoes). It got me thinking about how, if I can’t even comprehend our very own earthly oceans, how could I possibly comprehend something like a conception of God? That started to get me a little down and then I thought that God should be incomprehensible. Maybe there’s actually hope in that. Maybe that’s what faith is all about. Thoughts?

I was amazed at the colors in this chunk of driftwood.

Had to include a photo of our friends from Squam Swamp. (It’s not meant to be biblical imagery.)

Happy Spring Break!!!


  • Reply March 17, 2012


    Chelsea, I very much enjoyed your poetic interpretations of Nantucket! Isn’t it interesting that life around us often lead to wonderment about its and our existence. ! the video at the end is a great metaphor for the accomplishments of technology counterbalanced with what I think of as the natural, intuitive balance of nature – Nature being that it is not ruled by thoughts of being God. more thoughts?

  • Reply March 18, 2012

    Lee Zimmerman

    Asia, nature is intuitive and a counter balance to man’s immaturity. The laws of nature are the thoughts of God. The math in nature is the math in a healthy mind and heartbeat. A barefoot walk in nature always clears and centers us. Nature is as close to God as we can get. Silence is his one and only voice and it is always on to those who choose to listen…….

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