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!