Sometimes I get a little stressed when things aren’t all under my control. God’s been teaching me a lot lately about finding my security and peace in Him and not in money or possessions. But I’m definitely not all there yet…not even close. And so, I find myself starting to stress and freak out from time to time.
Yesterday afternoon was one of those times. I was trying desperately to not be such a control freak, but it was hard. After lunch, I read my Bible and spent some quiet time, but I was still feeling antsy inside. And the drowsiness of the afternoon was starting to overcome me. And so, I did the only thing I knew how to: I put my walking shoes on, leashed up the dog, and we went for our walk. God knew that was exactly what I needed.
Somehow when I walk, all the pressures and stresses of life seem to melt away. As I enjoy the sun’s rays beating down on me and the beautiful wonders of God’s creation, I find myself restored and renewed. The endorphins stir me on to finish the day out strong. And I find myself reminded, once again, that God created exercise for a reason. It’s healthy for your body and your mind and spirit.
There are days when I just don’t feel like walking, or just don’t have the time. But when I do it anyway, I never regret it. Walking never fails to restore me. I love being in God’s word…it’s so important. But I find my walks are just as important. When I walk I try to talk to God, and pour out my troubles at His feet, but the beauty of His creation quickly distracts me. Instead, I start to let Him speak to my heart and refresh me. Yes, walking is just as important as praying. For when I walk, I listen.