Have you ever felt overworked, stressed out, and needing just a little bit of a reprieve? Sometimes the best way to rejuvenate is to take a relaxed walk. Most of us just walk out of our home and thru our neighborhood. When I start that walk, I can't quite get away from what is needed to be done. I see the neighbor mowing his lawn and I think, "I need to mow my lawn tomorrow."
I walk past a neighbor cleaning her windows, and I wonder how long it has been since I have done that chore. I immediately begin to make a to-do list while I am on my relaxing stroll. Not so relaxing after all!
How do we relax then? How do we let the world and all it's to-do lists fade away? We get away. For most, you just began to think about your vacation 4 months from now. But I don't have 4 months to carry this stress. This is the only time I have that I I'm not running to a sport's practice, or music lessons, or to finish up that assignment for work.
What better way to get away, then to go to a nearby park and walk and see how nature deals with it's stresses. I am reminded of the verse in Matthew (6:26) as I walk:
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
The birds seem to flutter around me as I walk and leisurely remember that these little stresses are not stressful at all. I can enjoy the growing leaves and the caterpillar's munching away contently. Everything is provided for us, we just have to stop, and see what God has for us.
So, put on your walking shoes, and relax in the magnificent splendor we call nature. It is time for you to enjoy all God has provided.