from Spurgeonís sermon, "A Sermon from a Rush"
"Isaac walked in the fields at evening time to meditate."
I commend him for his occupation. Meditation is
exceedingly profitable to the mind. If we talked less,
read less, and meditated more, we would be wiser men.
I commend him for the season which he chose for that
occupation- at evening time. When the business of the
day was over, and the general stillness of nature was
in harmony with the quiet of his soul.
I also commend him for the place which he selected-
the wide expanse of nature -- the field.
Wise men can readily find a thousand subjects
for contemplation abroad in the open country.
When a man walks in the fields, having the Lord in
his heart, and his whole mental faculties directed
towards heavenly things, all things aid him in his
If we look above to sun, moon, and stars, all these
remind us of the grandeur of God, and make us ask
ourselves, "What is man, that the Lord should be
mindful of him, or the son of man, that Jehovah
should visit him?"
If we look below, the green meadows, or golden
cornfields, all proclaim divine care and bounty.
There is not a bird that sings, nor a grasshopper
that chirps in the grass, which does not urge us
to praise and magnify the name of the Most High.
While the plants, from the hyssop on the wall to
the cedar which spreads its boughs so gloriously
on Lebanon, exhibit to observant eyes the wisdom
of the great Creator of all things.
The murmuring brook talks to the listening ear in
hallowed whispers of him whose cloudy throne
supplies its stream. And the air, as it sighs amid the
trees, tells in mysterious accents of the great unseen,
but overactive Spirit of the living God.