Have I mentioned, I don’t like going to the dentist? And of course today is the day they are going to do the extraction. Which is making concentration a bit difficult. Especially since I am going alone. However, this writing has become an ingrained and important habit for me now. I want and seek to share my thoughts, experiences and hopefully offer up a bit of encouragement and inspiration along the way. That said, here is today’s offering.
I love to wander. Take me somewhere interesting, somewhere I can take my camera and find plenty of opportunity to use it, and I’m happy. Beyond happy. You could find a place in the shade to wait and I’ll come find you when the memory card is full. Don’t believe me?
Years ago we went to a place in Tennessee called Cade’s Cove. Amazing place. It has history, it has nature, it has trails and landscapes and fields of flowers. When we went, my husband was already having issues with his breathing. There was no way he could make that hike to the waterfall. He did try though, I’ll give him that. After we had gone so far and he was finding himself struggling too much, he decided to turn back. He told me to go ahead, he’d go find somewhere to sit and wait.
Let me say this, while the hike is not one of rock climbing and dangling from cliffs, it is strenuous. I finally got there, taking loads of photos along the way, took photos of the falls and headed back taking more photos as I walked along. I did pass people along the hike. Some were friendly, some where struggling, but all were showing the signs of peace that comes from being so far out into nature. Out there, was no cell service. Out there, was quiet save the sounds and songs of the natural elements.
When I returned from the hike to the falls, I found my husband. He was sitting in the shade, his feet immersed in the cool water of the creek, happily chatting with one of the rangers. I wondered if he even missed me while I was gone but didn’t ask. He was enjoying his moments as I had mine.
I did not wander from the path on that hike, but I did wander about the park in other places. Where the trails carried you away from the crowded areas and into the places that was obviously less traveled. I did see a few deer along the route who were accustomed enough to the presence of people they simply stood and watched us pass. In the end, we wandered around a park, enjoying all it offered, then found our way back to our hotel.
I have also wandered off the road of my faith. I have made mistakes that could have had major bad results. I have acted in ways that when memories surface, I am embarrassed. I was a prodigal. But, in my own awakening, I did return to the path that I should have remained on. I returned to that narrow way.
To walk in faith, is not always an easy walk. We are often warned that we will have rough times, moments of sorrow, or struggle, of pain. During those times, we only need remember, that we do not walk alone. I wrote the two blogs of God speaking to us, which He does. He doesn’t only speak to us though, He is with us. And should we wander, will always be here when we return.