Thought for the Day : Thursday 28 January

Thought for the Day by Janet Lindley (All Hallows)

Paths

(Image: Headingley Paths © Janet Lindley, 2019)

We’re back to walking once a day.

A New Year’s intention to get fit by getting in some extra steps has already been stretched and squeezed. The once-a-day exercise limit, a work lunch break and shorter days challenges my step target. I suspect night-time walks may become the norm!

Thinking back to the start of the year, I’m grateful we had a chance to reconnect with local walks. Sometimes treading the same path again or heading down a ginnel unexplored. The latter providing surprises and new views – I didn’t know that came out there.

I’m okay with the notion that we will repeat and repeat and repeat our steps again – for the familiar brings comfort. But fresh air and movement also awaken our sense. We notice the new shoots of spring bulbs. The chatter of birds turn our gaze.

God’s creation breaks through untethered by restrictions. The slowly lengthening days lead gradually us towards spring and the promise of new life in spite of this corona-chaos.

Proverbs (3:12) invites us to:

“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

    God is the one who will keep you on track.

Don’t assume that you know it all.”

The Message

We look out for the presence of our creator. In the ordinary and the familiar ways.  In unexpected views and new paths.

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