Also like a hike…

brought me into spacious

Have you ever been hiking? I go with my sister and my kids.   Have you ever followed a winding trail through a forest over bumpy stones, craggy roots, brushed with tall weeds?  My favorite part is when you get to the top and can see a great open space.  I do like to hike–even though no matter what I put on I end up rashy from plants and insects.  But what makes it worth it for me is that end view.

I really prefer walking the prairie or a beach where there are wide open spaces.  Not only do I not have any reactions, I also do not feel claustrophobic.  And I like being able to see ahead.

Which maybe is why I also hate following huge trucks on the road…

But I digress.  Trusting God is kind of like that forest hike.  Even though I would much prefer the open prairie, sometimes I am in the trees.  I can enjoy the view in the trees and learn about all sorts of interesting things about nature, and I could go off the path to learn more on my own.  But it is keeping my eye on following the right path that will rescue me, bring me into a spacious place, where I can feel rescued from the bugs and delight in the view.  And feel the joy of accomplishing the hike.

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Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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3 Responses to Also like a hike…

  1. Margot Paro March 2, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    I agree there is nothing better than hiking or taking a walk on the beach – I love to look at all Gods masterpieces

  2. Mary Anne March 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Hello Nicole!

    Have you been to the scenic overlook just south of 75th street and Greene? You can see all the way to downtown Chicago. It’s fun trying to figure out which watertowers belong to which suburb. Windy up there, tho. Definitely worth the ride:) Mary Anne

    Scenic Overlook

    The 190-foot-tall scenic overlook offers a bird’s-eye view of DuPage County and the Chicago skyline and is a great place to picnic, look for migrating birds or participate in regularly scheduled District programs. A road leads from the base of the hill to a parking lot at the top. In addition to great views, this retired landfill provides energy for thousands of area homes from the methane it produces.

    The overlook is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday May through October from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., weather permitting. However, due to Illinois Environmental Protection Agency maintenance and construction activities, the overlook may be closed during these times without advanced notice.
    Model-Craft Area

  3. Nicole Plymesser Nelson March 4, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I have not! I will have to go, because I do miss being able to see for miles. 🙂

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