You would think that holidays are best for relaxation and exploring and not for going on long 'off track' runs, but I like to defer with you on this one. There are moments when sleep is not sleeping and rest is not resting when you have to leave the comfort of the bed at 5am and run in the wild boars' territory.
It had been a hard day and night altogether, seeing family can be challenging. We all have expectations on each other and sometimes those expectations clash in a painful way. When expectations clash and harmful words are spoken there is not winners or losers just pain to process and offence to let go.
And that’s where running early and in the wild comes handy.
I had run that same track 4 years ago and I thought I knew it like the back of my hand, but years passing can erase some of that memory confidence and Mother Nature can change landmarks you thought you knew. My husband was with me that morning and like any good wife that likes to show off her hubby places he never been, I took the lead.
The sun was still hiding behind the mountains, but we could see its hands shining our path. The tranquillity and beauty of Umbria views were only lightly disturbed by the activity of the odd flies.
The forest our run mazed into pushed fresh air and smells into our nostrils. Our body, mind, and soul were taking all the help they could find.
We talked together, we run, we breathed heavily, then yet again we surrendered ourselves to the love of God, for when the unexpected happens we all need extra grace and strength to process.
It was so healing to get out of a place of fear, worry and hurt and breathe the true air of God.
"Nature is God's ladle emptying the soul burdened by worry and fear."
So we run and uploaded. We run and breathed. We run and prayed. We run and healed.
On the way back though we took the wrong path. Light-footed, less burdensome and perhaps energised we forgot our turn. We descended into a better-looking path, only to find out it didn’t take us to our destination. My husband started to get nervous about the possibility of us being lost and dying from dehydration (grin), but we didn’t give up.
So, we went back to where the wrong turn was taken and took the right one.
We arrived later than we planned, but nobody noticed that. All in the place we called home for a few days was as we left, except us. We had come back better, tired, hot, perspiring but healed.
God through nature gifts us a place to see our circumstances and problems with a different perspective. His.
The enormous, vast and wide spaces nature offers to all of us help us to understand that however big our problems might be God is bigger. With Him, every burden lightens and every tired soul finds rest.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
“And why would you worry ........? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendour was robed in beauty more than one of these! So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you .......... need—even though you live with such little faith?
Matthew 6:28-30 TPT (paraphrased)
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