Desktop & Mobile Background: June, 2022 (John Collins Park & Reeds Lake Trail)

Bismillah … For the month of June, I decided to do something slightly different for the desktop background. Rather than including information on it about the photograph, I decided to just use the image as is, due to the ugliness of what I perceived to be both an irksome reminder and an unnecessary advertisement. This means that for any future backgrounds, I might do the same thing. I also decided to do include a mobile background.

The desktop picture is of a place called John Collins Park, in East Grand Rapids; the phone background is of Reeds Lake Trail, which is right next to it. I highly recommend Reeds Lake as a place to visit and to take walks around. It can be a very enjoyable and much-needed walking experience; which is important, considering that there aren’t many places in Grand Rapids that are designated for people to walk around or hike through (to my knowledge).

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I’ve been interested in the beauty and mystery of nature for a long time. Years ago, I listened to a series of lectures by a Muslim shaykh who lives in London, named Hasan Ali. One of the things that he said during those lectures has always remained with me: that the order and structure of nature is very different from the order that we as human beings give to our environment.

About a month ago, I visited a nature trail and forest called Provin Trails; and it made me think of the astonishing design and arrangement of what the Creator naturally placed upon the Earth. If we start to think about how a forest of trees, for example, is arranged, we can see that there is very little “structure” either in the trees or the forest; rather, each tree is different from the rest. The branches of one tree are arranged differently than the branches of another tree; and upon any given tree, its own leaves are arranged differently upon each branch.

At the time of listening to the shaykh’s lecture, this insight was something I had never thought about before. And, indeed, us modern folk can forget to even notice the natural environment around us, much less contemplate any hidden realities that it possesses. So I continue to observe; and, looking at this photograph of John Collins Park as I type these thoughts, I continue to think about the importance of nature.

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