Two years ago I started taking a walk everyday.
I didn’t set any goals for myself, I simply wanted to breathe in fresh air and get a little exercise. The more I walked, the more my soul craved it. I began in January 2019. It was FREEZING! There were days when I literally could not feel the legs that were holding me up by the time I got home. I didn’t mind though, this practice was soon becoming my most treasured part of the day.
Some days I would plug in some earbuds and listen to my favorite podcast, other days I’d listen to music, these days I mostly pray. Each season seems to unearth a different response.
Recently, I’ve taken comfort in the way the earth beneath my feet gives me a sense of having a foundation for my frame to stand on. I feel grounded. With each step I take, my heart cries out to The Creator for wisdom and peace. I call out the names of those I love, that I know are struggling in ways only God can understand. I pray for my nation who seems to have forgotten the God in which it was founded upon. I speak out the promises given me in scripture. Then, I intentionally hush my pleas and simply listen. My senses come alive. My sight drawn to the beautiful skies , I hear the joyful melodies of carefree songbirds, I wave and smile at a neighbor passing by. All these, reminders of His faithfulness.
The decision to start walking has changed my perspective in ways I never expected. This daily rhythm of putting one foot in front of the other ( metaphorically and literally ), has caused me to slow down. Intentionally keeping a steady pace, present to my surroundings. Letting what might seem ordinary teach me lessons of redemption and how The Maker of heaven and earth makes all things new, just like His tender mercies. Every morning. I take joy in these truths.
Most likely, like me, you might feel worn-down by the times in which we are living. I’d like to invite you to walk with me, so to speak, through these difficult days. Community is so important in hard times. Perhaps, we can lighten the load and bare each other’s burdens. Learn from one another.
I’m curious, do you take a daily walk?
What practices do you have that help you cope with difficulty?
In what ways can you unearth everyday joy in your ordinary life?
“He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even the youths grow weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”Isaiah 40:29-31
Let’s walk this out together. – Carly