Archive for October, 2014

#getoutside

#getoutside, my hashtag of the summer. I don’t ever remember a time when I NEEDED to be outside more. I’ve thought long and hard about this and tried to figure out why. Outside feels like Hope.  Freedom. Is it a need to escape current circumstances? A place to search for answers? Do I feel like I’m suffocating and need to breathe? I’m not sure.

All I know is that I am outside a LOT. Using the dog as a reason to walk around the block 2-3 times a day, laying in the hammock, sitting on the back patio, walking/running at my favorite city park (Fink Park, the best kept secret in Edmond).

“The gift of solitude is solace and peace.” Craig Groeschel in Week 5 of #struggles

What I’ve realized is that taking walks alone and just being outside has helped me connect with God in a whole new way.  Breathe fresh air, breathe in Jesus. Walking = Resting in Him.  Coming to know God better.

Another thing I’ve realized is that sunrises are AMAZING.  We all love a good sunset, and I’m intentional about getting outside to catch those, but the SUNRISE?!  Just amazing, plus the air is fresh, the day is new, full of hope and promise.

Sometimes, unless I #getup and #getoutside, “the hope of a new day is sometimes hard to see”.  (Relient K, Up and Up)

sunrises

Motion Sensor God

This is probably not completely legitimate theology, but I had a thought one night while running in my neighborhood after dark. As I approached a house that was dark, the light over the garage snapped on. I ran past that now well lit house, easily seeing the ground in front of me. As soon as I got a few steps past, the light snapped off.

It made me think of the promise in James 4:8, “If you come near to God, He will come near to you”. If you are walking close to God, your path will be illuminated. If, on the other hand, you try to do life on your own and don’t include him in your day to day, it will be harder to see where you are going.

I know that God pursues us and uses a multitude of ways to speak to you throughout the darkness, so this isn’t absolute truth–it’s just a observation of how God sometimes works.