Prof. Rae Ann Martin Reflects Upon Nature & Praxis
“In regards to Summer Praxis, I chose the naturalist approach, “seek out an inspiring view that you can return to often.” My husband and I had the privilege of visiting Argentina this summer. One of our destinations within the country was Iguazú Falls, which are the waterfalls (“cataratas” in Spanish) of the Iguazú river on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together they make up one of the largest waterfall systems in the world.
The initial beauty, the vastness, and the powerful force of the falls reminded me of those same characteristics that are attributable to Christ. The park was quite large, but everywhere you went you could hear the rushing of the water. Overall, I was amazed and stunned at the beauty and power of His creation. It gave me an overwhelming feeling of gratitude that He would create something so beautiful for our enjoyment. As we made our way through the park, we encountered many people taking photo after photo of the amazing view, however, it didn’t seem as though they were really appreciating the beauty before them. Through observing this, I realized their obsession with photos, selfies, etc, was a true reflection of how I can live my life sometimes, busy, busy, busy, not focusing on Him, what He has for me, or His presence around me.
However, making an effort to honor and cherish the beauty before me, I finally found a spot in front of one of the falls where no one was standing. I was so excited to have a moment alone with God and His creation. As I stood in this special place thanking Him and meditating on His blessings, a RAINBOW appeared! Once again, an overwhelming feeling of emotion came over me and I was quickly reminded of God’s love and promise found in Genesis 9:13, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Even though I will probably never return to Iguazú Falls, I will forever be grateful for the experience of His overwhelming presence and the reminder of His immense love for us.”