But now? In the mornings, the alarm
beeps quietly at 6:00am, and I sneak downstairs and slip on my
running shoes and I run. For years and years I was a self-proclaimed
‘non-runner’. But lately, I’ve caught the bug.
peace, the calm, the total solitude of the early hours. When we sat in a circle at a homeschool meeting, I shared that this is where I find my center. Where I re-group. Some do it on a recliner, snuggling up with God’s word, some look out a kitchen window and gaze at God’s creation –
I run through the woods. Yeah, I’m a bit of a tree-hugger but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
ipod that clocks the kilometers. I tried worship tunes, the radio,
even a sermon. (Go me, eh?) But I could always hear the faint chirps of
birds and scurrying of chipmunks and calls of loons drowned out in the background. I would end up
taking the ear buds out every single time. Now, I don’t ever bother
rays glimmer through the trees on the horizon. I’m in sweaty,
non-runner bliss. I even run with my arms raised to the sky. I’m loopy, I know. But, how can I not worship with the mourning dove and the hawk?
How did I miss this for 29 years of my life?
So, in the mornings, I run, and I adore, and I listen.
moves. That I can choose to move.
on a country roof.
leaping out of sight as I draw near.
It has taken me almost thirty years to learn this truth – the quiet times aren’t there waiting to be filled
They are there to be welcomed and embraced, just as they are.
the symphony all around us. Rustling leaves and scurrying chipmunks.
A heron lifting off the water’s edge. The bubbling and gurgling of
the creek in early morning light. These are all gifts, the most
precious gifts we can open our hands and receive.
and the waking and the flowing, ever-flowing waters. I find Him
there. You can too.
chipmunks peeking in the screen door and chickadees at the birdfeeder
and three children, healthy and laughing.
trucks moving outside, the neighbors ducks and geese making
the music. Turn them off and surrender to the quiet. Encourage your children to do the same. Get out in God’s creation and open ears to the natural
sounds that are all around you. You will hear the gifts and you will
find the miracles.