This morning, I decided to go walk at the local university. This is a common thing for many people in our community. Our park is actually quite small, so the sidewalk around the school offers a track of sorts.
I got a later start than I would've liked, but the temperature was still very tolerable considering the heat that we've endured this summer. I was able to walk 4 laps, which ended up being about 3 miles. I do own a treadmill, which I am very thankful to have, but I wanted to be outside. Although I live on a farm, there is no real distinct path to walk. I wanted to be outside with the Lord. I know that He can just as easily be inside with me, but how nice it is to see His beauty.
I also find that I am more motivated when I am walking outside. There is something new at every turn. There may be a breeze on that corner that wasn't blowing there during the last lap. You may see late summer flowers mixed with fall decorations on the homes that surround the campus. Occasionally, I would catch a glimpse at a leaf falling or see an acorn in my path. It was such a beautiful morning. The sky was blue, and not a cloud that I could see. Everyone I passed spoke "good morning." Even in that little area of town, the traffic noises seem to subside somewhat and you can hear the sounds of God's creatures along with the hum of the air conditioners at the dorms. On one lap, I even caught the scent of a dryer running. It was just a glorious morning.
I am so thankful for that opportunity. I had some wonderful alone time with my Savior. Most of the time I walked I was able to pray, and what peace and serenity this brought to me. I now feel refreshed, although I am sweaty; and energized, although my feet ache. My spirit is awakened, even though I may take a nap here in a minute.
I am blessed.