This morning (for the first time in a very long time) I was out walking in my neighborhood. I was making good time and was starting to work up a sweat. About three-fourths of the way through my walk I realized something was missing.
I wasn’t really there. I had my iPod on, my earbuds in, and I was focused on getting done with my two miles. I wasn’t enjoying the stars that were still in the sky, the crickets and birds that were chirping, or the cool morning breeze.
At that point I decided to stop walking and simply take a stroll. I love that word, “stroll.” It implies that you’re not as focused on the destination as much as you are enjoying the journey. Or to borrow a phrase from one of my son’s favorite movies, your not focused on making great time, but having a great time.
How often do you stroll? You don’t have to get up at 5:00 a.m. to take a stroll. You can take a stroll when you’re walking into your office building, when you’re taking your dog for a walk, or when you’re walking to the mailbox.
When we stroll we notice things that we don’t notice when we “walk.” And I wonder, how can we truly be thankful to God for things we never stop to enjoy. If someone gave you a brand new car and you never drove it, could you really be thankful?
God created everything in nature for your enjoyment and His glory! He wants you to enjoy His creation and give Him thanks, honor, and praise!
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Take a stroll today and enjoy His “handiwork”!
I love you and God loves you!