I have a little book titled, Looking at Creation, God’s Other Book by Dr. Lee Bee Teik. In the introduction, Dr Lee wrote,
The tenderness of His voice and the warmth of His compassion thus received through His creation around us were too precious to keep to ourselves.
Dr Lee shared that she had the opportunity to hear Him in quietness for about five days at a retreat centre in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Thus, she shared in the book the pains and joys of listening to Him anew with the hope that the readers would be rejuvenated by some rewatering of their roots and to reflect His presence and nature!
In one topic about haze, Dr Lee wrote,
As I prolonged despondently on the bad effects of the stubborn haze, certain parallels with life began to emerge:
Unforgiven sins cloud our lives like the haze that hangs over the Klang Valley.
Resentment is like the mucus in the chest that threatens to choke a person suffering from the effects of the dust particles in the haze.
Distorted perspectives of the true God and His creation are like the pollutants that sting our eyes.
Perfectionism is like our skin reacting to the pollutants in the haze, giving rise to the outward rashes of irritability due to the rejection of others and self.
For the past few days, I have been extremely unwell because of the haze. I belong to the sensitive group – itchy, teary eyes; dry, sore throat; sensitive, runny nose; that choking feeling and even rashes on my skin.
What timely reminders!