"There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream."
One of my favorite pleasures in life is going on walks. Although I am not as committed to my daily walk as the poet William Worsdworth who would walk nearly every single day regardless of ugly weather (clearly he didn't live in Kansas!), I find myself very often employed in this pastime. Whether I can talk a friend into walking with me, or it is just me and God, there are few antidotes as effective as a nice long walk to make me feel like I have accomplished something and help me live in the present. There's something about getting out and breathing in the fresh outdoor air that gives my brain a rest and helps me to relax. Exploring the neighborhood or climbing through a path in the woods takes me away from the bustle of life---from the temptation of television, the computer, the cell phone. I cannot worry or stress because my mind is employed in the next step, the next turn, the sights and sounds around me. Somehow I feel a little closer to God as I bask in His Creation, and my perspective becomes a little wider, at least for the moment.
The other day, my brother mentioned that Jesus probably walked several miles a day on average, not counting the countless pilgrimages he took and the long journeys from city to city. Can you imagine that kind of lifestyle? A walk with Jesus---now that would be something!
The pictures above are from today's walk through a nearby park. Do any of you take walks? Or are there any other pastimes that make you feel more alive?