The other morning my middle child came down the stairs crying and asking if it was spring. He wanted to wear shorts. He wanted to take a hike, something we do as a family as soon as the weather hits 60. It made me reflect on our wonderful hikes in the woods. This is wear we meet God. Where we as a family talk, learn and see God's beauty in the world around us. Here is a reflection:
When we walk with God we meet at the foot of the forest. Alongside God I hike. At first we follow the blue dots; realizing that is the shorter way we start along the yellow path, just to see where it goes. We stopped and looked at all the holes; perhaps we'd find a creation. Looking up at the tall trees I stood in awe of God's wonder until the laughter brought be back. Children shrieking at the sight of a chipmunk; a chipmunk seeking safety from the noise runs away; the dog runs after the chipmunk; the leash was dropped and the chase begins! What fun was had off the path. Each child found a gift: a stick, a rock, an acorn. Something precious to them, blessed by God's hand during creation. Tangible memories to take home of this sacred walk. Breaking through the forest, a beautiful sight; a waterfall cascading into a stream. Some splashing and sprinkling of water abounds as laughter echos off the rocks, God's smile says it all. A sigh, as feet turn back; a breath of thanksgiving of God's creation. Skipping, hopping, running every step must be full; life is fuller in God's presence. The forest which loomed with unknown is now conquered with God by our side. The secret falls was found. Stop for snacks and drinks re-energizes us for our walk back. As we depart, we hug God for all the fun. With thankful hearts we lave behind the forest; refreshed and renewed and full of God's love.