This weekend, Adam and I FINALLY had a free day that we could go hiking. Now let me back up and explain that Adam has been practically begging me to go hiking with him for, oh, four years or so. See, my husband would describe himself as "outdoorsy" and so he really enjoys doing things like hiking, and camping, and fishing, and kayaking, and so on. I, on the other hand, prefer lounging by the pool and reading a good book. Or laying on the beach and drinking a diet coke and eating cheese dip. See? I'm flexible and versatile.
Anyways, we've been so busy that I keep putting off hiking with Adam because of one thing or another. So this weekend, we finally had a day to go - and we took advantage of a nice day, with no plans, and spent the morning hiking. And, surprisingly, it was fun (and not too entirely strenuous).
It helped that it was literally a perfect fall day.
I mean, can you even believe how blue that sky is? And I promise I didn't make it more blue in photoshop.
Jayci is a lot like me in many ways (as it turns out, according to my parents, I was also a stubborn and bossy as a kid). However, on our hike, Jayci was basically a miniature female Adam. She was enthralled with RUNNING down the mountain (bestill my stressed-out heart) and jumping from rock to rock on the river. I far preferred having my little-bitty-baby strapped into this backpack contraption.
While Jayci and Adam were rock-hopping in this river, I laid on a rock in the sunshine (now if only someone had brought me diet coke and cheese dip - it would have been perfect).
I spent some time praying while I was laying there. Because it's nearly impossible not to pray when you're entrenched in the Lord's beautiful creation. I was asking My Father about this period of our lives. And what He wanted us to learn during this time of waiting. And suddenly Psalm 23 popped into my head and nestled itself in my heart.
"He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. "
As I gazed at the still water beside me, I knew that God was using this time to restore my soul. To guide our steps. But why? FOR HIS NAME'S SAKE. To bring Him glory with our lives. In every step.
And then the rest of the Psalm reminded me that God is also using this time to prepare us for the next season in our lives:
"Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me"
I am filled with thankfulness that I have a God who knows my needs so perfectly and intimately. I am thankful that He is restoring my soul and giving me rest, and reminding me that even when we move into a dark valley, we have NOTHING to fear. Because He is with us. Always.