Wednesday, June 29, 2011

chasing the light

It is crunch time on the house - mornings beginning earlier, nights ending later, weeks seeming longer, weekends shorter.  It's only Wednesday, but this morning my mind was full, breaths shallow, strength zapped.  

So, I set off into the woods to clear the mind, to chase after the light. 
It was more glorious than I remembered.  My pace slowed as I found the rays beaming into the woods, day unveiling its light.  
I rode by a stream we have passed hundreds of times, but this time I was drawn in.  Tapped down the kickstand, I needed a closer look.  
To study the way the light danced across the water.  
To memorize the gentle sound of river sloshing over rock.  
To still my soul long enough to recall:
The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need.  He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.  He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.  Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me.  Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.  You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.  You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings.  Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23 (NLT)

I could almost feel the strength breathed back into me.  
As I thought through the ways His goodness and unfailing love pursue me....
- my love loading up my bike for me escape for an hour, to renew my mind
- eyes to see all this
- ears to take it all in
- lungs to breathe deep
- sun breaking through, chasing away the night
2 boys jumping off the diving board (answered prayer!)
- 1 boy yelling “for a happy meal!” as he did
- joy in rewarding their courage with a happy meal
- freshly picked lettuce in a BLT with roasted red pepper mayo for mama
- Udi's for coming up with such great gluten-free bread
- recalling exactly 1 year ago today, laying in a hospital bed with a post-op drain tube from my neck, knowing His peace and courage
He preserved my life
He restores my soul
my cup overflows...


  1. Kelly HassenzahlJune 29, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Yeah! for all of those blessings! But I had to laugh at the Udi's! Oh how I know how much of a blessing that is! :-) A sandwich, a real sandwich? AMAZING! :-) I so enjoy your blog! Wish I had the time! :-)

  2. Love it! All of it! So happy you stole away, my friend. Hope it left you refueled for the days ahead.