Day 32: Spiritual Movement


The late great running philosopher George Sheehan, M.D. describes running as a “…retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, and a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.”

During my run this morning, I was reminded of the scripture in Psalms, which says, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It was a beautiful day. The temperature was a little over 60 degrees and the sky was bright blue with a sphere of golden suspended in midair. Just the day before the sky revealed its darkness with tiny droplets melting evidence of a grappling snow the night before.

Psalm 74:16-17 says, “The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.” He made this magnificent day for us.

I headed down the usual path leading to the lake where I met mallards and Canadian geese waddling to the water’s edge. I heard the birds flying overhead singing their morning songs thanking the Creator for another day. As I continued to run, I thought about how God has always fed and clothed them and while I observed their fascinating colors the Creator has adorned them in; I think of all the times I doubted God’s provision and protection for His children. As the sun stood center stage captivating it’s audience and shone on the majestic hand of God, my breath was briefly snatch away by its simple reminder that no one is alone when in the presence of God’s creation…and you, too, never have to feel alone.

Oriza Martin reminds us of God’s presence in a beautifully illustrated poem titled “Palette in God’s Hands:”

“As this tree, apparently lonely in all landscape, be sure that you will always have the sun to hug you, to heat you, and after its descent at sunset, you will have the stars, plenty of friends to lull to sleep you from the sky.

Blessed the hands that had traced and carved this masterpiece. Many times we see these beauties without reflecting how much blessed we are, who enjoy the pleasure of being able to more see, to look at, to aim, to appreciate and as many possibilities, with our healthful eyes…I am thankful, my Lord, for my perfect vision.”

So during your next run or walk, remember your Creator, His splendor and that you’re never alone. Remember how special you are to Him illustrated in the passage of Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Keep going to the lake. Keep looking at the sky. Keep having your breath snatched away when you find a cross in nature because it’s His beautiful reminder that we are His and He is always here.

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