As for me, time spent in nature means time spent connecting and communicating with our Creator God. And ravens speak to me. Not literally, of course (lest you think I’ve lost my mind altogether). And not in some dark, macabre way, as some would imagine. But in a coruscating light-filled visionary way, I suppose.
Sauntering through a shop in the historic district of Old Quebec, a glistening black-winged raven catches my eye. Ravens—independent flight takers of wilderness heights. I admire it. Perhaps even envy it.
“Do you like ravens?” The young Inuit shop keeper takes me off guard.
Words spill out, bubbling over, in an attempt to put language to thoughts never voiced. He translates for me, “Oh, it’s your totem”.
Oh, no. Not sure I should go there. But the raven speaks, and I make a decision to choose connection without judgment and say, “Why, yes. It’s my totem”.
And in that sacred moment, together we move, my First Nations brother and I, to a higher spiritual plane. Choosing connection at his heart level and communication through his heart language, I become a trail sister on life’s journey towards closer communion (common union) with our common Father.
Nature is the common language in which God is revealed. Nature is not God, but nature testifies to God. It speaks a common heart language to all mankind. And I listen … in any way He chooses to speak.
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10