It’s 6:30 am and I need to go on my morning walk before the boys start stirring and the activates of the day try to overtake me. So despite my achy muscles and the heaviness of my fatigued body I put on some shoes and pull on a coat, gloves and beanie.
The moment I step outside, I’m greeted with fresh, chilly, INVIGORATING air that prompts joy to grip at me as the dawn of the new day revives my whole being!
Moving at a brisk pace I head to the street to view some blue sky peeking through a bit of fog and cloud as the damp air fills my lungs and nostrils with the most delightful smell. The green of the trees look extra deep and my feet move swiftly on the pavement wet with the rain that had fallen during the night.
I’m in awe at the strength in my stride and the sureness in my step. Amazed at the competence my body holds, I praise God for His creation. Both my body and the phenomenal beauty of the world I’m walking through.
During a season not so long ago, my walks had felt impossible and were so difficult as I dragged my body through the process. God’s faithfulness amazes me and the reward for my perseverance has paid off- just as God had promised!
In the midst of those glorious moments I notice a big ol earth worm in the middle of the street and think about how much my boys would enjoy that. And then I notice another one… and another…. and suddenly find, that what looks like pine needles scattered across the pavement of the road, are actually worms.
Don’t get me wrong. I think worms are great… for dirt and little boys. But I don’t like them… per say. I would prefer to not be close to worms…
And then my powerful stride abruptly turns hesitant. My line of sight falls to the ground as I start examining my every step and notice the details of the worms amongst my feet. This creates a bit of nausea. I almost gag for a second.
The creatures are all different sizes, varying in plumpness. Certain parts of the path are more littered than others.
I start to think how odd this experience is and turn to my companion, Jesus, to see if there is anything He has to say about this.
Something I heard the day before pops into my thoughts: “It’s impossible to live in fear and have a brave life.”
These little worms are nothing compared to my powerful stride and hefty shoes. And yet, when my gaze drops to notice, analyze and contemplate them, my capability shrinks. The effectiveness of my steps are completely hindered- that powerful gait that compels my expedition- drastically dwindles.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
I wonder, as we navigate our unique destinies, the adventurous path of our lives, how often we drop our gaze to notice the grimy ground that we walk over. Instead of lifting our eyes to the glorious heavens we walk under.
Keep your head up friend. As you gladly rejoice in your journey you won’t even notice the ground you’re conquering. YOU are SO capable!
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Colossians 3:16, NIV
See the video of me telling this story with less eloquence here: https://youtu.be/3H5OcRQM8XY
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