It is crunch time on the house – mornings beginning earlier, nights ending later, weeks seeming longer, weekends shorter. It’s only Wednesday, but this morning my mind was full, breaths shallow, strength zapped.
So, I set off into the woods to clear the mind, to chase after the light.
It was more glorious than I remembered. My pace slowed as I found the rays beaming into the woods, day unveiling its light.
I rode by a stream we have passed hundreds of times, but this time I was drawn in. Tapped down the kickstand, I needed a closer look.
To study the way the light danced across the water.
To memorize the gentle sound of river sloshing over rock.
To still my soul long enough to recall:
The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23 (NLT)
I could almost feel the strength breathed back into me.
As I thought through the ways His goodness and unfailing love pursue me….
– my love loading up my bike for me escape for an hour, to renew my mind
– eyes to see all this