Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.
The pebbles crunched under the weight of my hiking boots on the trail.
The sky was beautifully blue. The leaves were gloriously green. The vivid colors captured my attention away from inside my head. The birds called to one another; a woodpecker fed nearby. Even a bunny hopped into the lavender flowers as I quietly crept by.
A sigh escaped.
The woods were wondrous. Oh, to stay here all day!
The babbling brook gurgled as I neared the curve of the trail. Something dashed through the brush.
I slowed and allowed the peace to wash over me.
Why can’t I stay here? What I would give to have these moments ALL day.
Simply put, I was needed elsewhere.
Psalm 1:3 reminded me that I could baste myself in God’s word and in His presence and I could experience that peace.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3 (NSV)
While the walk through the woods reminded me that spring had sprung indeed, His words reminded me that wherever I was, I could experience that peace. That rooted in God, I was sure to succeed in whatever the day held.
The sun streamed through the canopy, illuminating the leaves and highlighting just how much beauty God’s creation held. It also filled me with hope that promised I had not an inkling of His plans for me.
My part of that successful equation? Simply remain faithful to Him. Trust Him. Read His word. Trust His word. Rely on Him.
Simple to state.
Difficult to do.
Yet, with Him, all things are possible.
I could trust Him to help me do what he was calling me to do. And I could trust Him to quiet my mind when it raced away, willingly embracing the stress of the moments. I could trust His still, small voice when the loud roar of traffic tried to blot it out.
But most importantly, I could trust Him to help my mind, help my heart, and help my thoughts stay faithful to Him.
And in doing that, some semblance of peace would come.
As I turn around and returned home, the trail turned the opposite way and I viewed the slight waterfall. How beautiful it appeared. How tranquil. And, how strong.
Just like a tree planted by the stream…