A Morning Walk

This morning the dog took us for a walk through the lambing fields and along the edge of a coppice before returning via the Hendred brook and under the trees. Nothing very remarkable in that, you may think, but oh, how wrong you’d be! It was one of those ‘anonymous’ mornings — not very sunny, but warm and bright, like a thousand other mornings. The grass was thick and high, the cow parsley jostling with buttercups and one or two lingering bluebells. Wrens and finches appeared in abundance, all going about their lawful occasions, while red kites wheeled overhead with their peculiar mewing cry. We glimpsed a hare and smelled where a fox had lain; the ewes called after their lambs and the lambs, very properly, ignored their mothers, save when a trip to the milk bar seemed in order. It was all very ordinary and all very extraordinary at the same time. The Psalmist understood this well when he wrote of the landscape of Israel with its rabbits and goats and doves and swallows. ‘Let everything that lives and that breathes give praise to the Lord.’ This morning, I rather think it did.

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8 thoughts on “A Morning Walk”

  1. Beautifully put! I was out with our dof yesterday evening and was delighted to see that the swifts have returned – I never fail to enjoy watching them swing around the sky.

  2. What a beautiful description of a gift of a walk. We had one like this yesterday. Reminded me of that line from a psalm … ‘The hills are girded with joy’

  3. What a lovely and ‘extraordinary’ view of what on surface seemed an ordinary day. Duncan has a sure nose to lead the way on a spring morning! Reminds me of my last walk with my dog, Daisy, whom we put down a few short weeks ago. It was more a gentle ‘stroll and sniff’ as she was literally on her last legs. She led us to some of her favorite places along the wooded trail out back. The gentle sway of her tail as she led the way is a cherished memory of that walk. Every thing about her seemed to sing praise to the Lord. She was daily a joy.

    Job 1: 21 – “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so is it done: blessed be the name of the Lord.”

  4. Yesterday, where I live, in the northeastern USA was a bright, sunshine, shimmery day. For some reason, when I woke, I looked out and saw the beautiful blue sky and sunshine, and I felt sad because I didn’t feel the way the day looked. I almost felt admonished by it. As we all do, I decided that I’d better get on with the day. With that I thought I’d start with taking, Ike, our German Shepherd to one of his favorite places. Hopewell lake at French Creek State Park has a 2-2 1/5 mile walk around it’s circumference. I was talking to God along the way, asking him why on earth do I feel this bad on a beautiful day. Could he please DO something. Then, I forgot about praying and just went on the walk. I realized that I was seeing everything! I took so many pictures of wild flowers, creeks, beaver dams, princess pine….etc. Ike was bewildered, what was taking so long on this walk?
    Jesus answered my prayer more than I could ever think! He gave me joy when I thought I couldn’t find any. What a generous, loving, surprising, surpassing Lord we have!!!

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