Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Break From To-Do and Need-To

This is the air I breathe. Cold air. Frosty likes it, but I find after Christmas I don't so much. I call myself a cold-weather-wimp. But not today! No, I had a date with a friend to go snowshoeing! We made the date long before we knew it was going to be only five degrees outside.

BUT I LOVED it! The sun was brilliant, the air was crisp, the trees held snow from yesterday's powder fall. Not only that, it was pristine listening to the chirp of a chickadee, the whisper of snow letting loose from a branch, falling and then a stop-and-gaze at the bare branches overhead with the sun peeking through.

Stephanie and I went single file through the trail, through the woods, but then walked side by side on the lake allowing us to chat. Girltalk warms my heart and my body was getting plenty warm by this time too! I could feel the working of my legs, I love that feeling. The one you have when you've completed a workout. It's a sweet strain. The feeling of having accomplished. Satisfying.

We climbed into the truck an hour and a half later, continuing our girltalk for another 30 minutes. Two hours away from "to do" and "need to" was a bit of an awakening for me. It seems that I have been lost in that to-do-need-to world since the turn of the year. I have taken small breaks, going to the coffee w/ friends. Visiting my grandbaby. But there was something about being outside. It was different. Somehow the list seems lighter now!

You know what I think it is? I have been missing a fuller revelation of the glory of God! I have been longing for the proclaimation, the voice of the heavens! After having just memorized Psalm 19, much of it while I was running in the autumn air, I have been missing the oneness with His handiwork. It's true!

Verses 1-4 :

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

Recharged! Refueled! Renewed!
Now I need to go find myself a pair of snowshoes!


Joan Davis said...

What a great way to spend the day after a storm! Even in the bitter cold it is impossible to miss the glory of God in all His creation!

Blessings, Joan

Karen said...

Isn't amazing what getting out into HIS creation can do for one's soul. I know the Lord longs for that fellowship, and I too need to be recharged & rekindled. Forgot how I found you, but here I am. Drop by & visit Places of my Heart.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

LL Barkat has written a wonderful book called "God in the Yard" in which she challenges her readers to take a respite each day/week/month, whatever works, to get out into the "yard" and take in the beauty of what God has created; really,it's much deeper than all of that, but you get the idea. I couldn't help but think of it when reading your post. There's something sacred about putting earth beneath our feet and breathing in clean, fresh air... fills the sense like none other.

I pray you find many moments of pause like this in coming days when God breaks open the heavens and reigns down his peace upon you. I've found great solace and peace during the times when I'm able to be outside, beneath his sky.

Thanks for taking the time to "read" my life and to invest accordingly.