Leave Nature In Nature

Good morning!

Working with pre-schoolers, I’ve learned several catch phrases that are used frequently. 

Sit on your pockets. For one.
You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit. Is another.
My all time favorite (because I walk several children outdoors each day to the nurse and to and from their buses) is Leave nature in nature.

Or else every teacher in JWE Building B would have caterpillars, pretty colored autumn leaves, snowballs, worms, mud pies, and dandelion bouquets as her gift offerings each day.

This past weekend afforded me a lesson learned in just that.
The baby ducks I spoke about earlier.
The mama duck did not leave nature in nature.


She and her mate chose a man made swimming pool as the habitat to birth their young. Privacy. Beautiful, clean, cool, refreshing water. No preditors in the backyard. Who wouldn’t?  It was an oasis! Complete with harsh chemicals used to kill germs and bacteria for human use. And It cost her dearly. The chlorine was too much for her baby ducklings. It was a sad lesson to experience. For mama duck. And for me. 😦

That’s why when we hike or camp we must respect nature. We do not remove animals from their environment. We simply enjoy them. We leave nature in nature. 🙂

It’s the circle of life.  When we intervene, it leads to endangered, extinction, and ultimately death.

Their home is theirs, and our home is ours. That’s how God intended it to be. The life of everything living lies in the hands of God. He spoke every last detail in place as part of His master plan. And His plan is perfect.

So let’s all keep our hands off it and out of it the best we can. Instead let’s respect it. Admire it.
And leave nature in nature. As God intended.

7 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; 8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? 10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10

Love and laughter,



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