When you look at this lovely waterfall picture, can you guess its location?
Tennessee or perhaps North Carolina? How about a tropical island?
The answer is Florida’s east coast at Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens. There this unique rain forest nestles within an urban oasis. Designed soon after World War II to commemorate the fight for freedom, the landmark showcases creative collaboration.
Artist Malcolm Fraser wanted to pay tribute to veterans and co-funded the project in the 1940s with Ormond residents. Landscape architect Henry Stockman designed areas to welcome visitors to quiet, tree-shaded nooks for reflection.
Nearby, the sun may bake sandy ocean beaches, but sheltered within these gardens, water burbles along creeks and birds sing.
Imagination is a powerful tool to shield us from stress. We can retreat into our minds for a moment of peace. Picture yourself in this lush garden, listening to the gentle murmur of God’s love. Admire water cascading along ferns and washing away pain and disappointment. Inhale the fragrance of flowers scenting the air.
Rest. Feel God’s presence comfort you. He has the answers you seek and will equip you to do what needs to be done.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…and be thankful,” (Colossians 3:15 NIV).
If you like nature art with devotions, this short reel has music and scripture:
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