I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing…in his whole world… Proverbs 8:30-31
A couple of days ago, I had business in town, and on my drive back home, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the colors. As I drove into my garage, it occurred to me that I had no deadlines to meet, the weather was pleasant, so why not go on a walk to take in the Fall colors “up close and personal”?
Quite honestly, this is very unusual thinking for me. And maybe that’s why I decided to “go for it!” I put on a light jacket–it was cloudy and a little misty, but the temperature was perfect for walking–and took off on my afternoon adventure.
Before I had even gotten off our property, I snapped a picture with my phone camera. And then another one. And another one. Taking pictures was not my original purpose, but I noticed how much more aware I was of the beauty when I was looking for the right angles, the right positions, etc., that I quickly converted my leisurely walk into a memory-capturing mission.
I have to tell you: this was just what the doctor ordered! The path that I walked was the same one that I run at least once a week. And while I thoroughly enjoy my runs, this was a completely different experience. I walked slowly, stopping often to snap pictures (I took nearly 100 pictures during my hour-long stroll). I returned home absolutely refreshed and joyful.
May I suggest you find some way to experience that same sense of unhurried enjoyment of God’s creation? Whether or not you live in a area that has a change of seasons like I do, I know there is some place you can go to bask in His handiwork—the beach, the desert, the forest. Don’t rush. Don’t think about the tasks that await you. Just enjoy the moment. I’m guessing when you’re through, you, too, will say, “My heart is full.”