I love Fridays!
We (my husband Jim and I) have pretty busy weeks, so when Friday hits it’s almost like a celebration. We always plan to grill steaks and eat outside on our deck, and during the baseball season we always tune in our favorite teams: Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers.
This Friday has already been a blessing. My regular walking partner can’t walk on Fridays and so I asked Jim if he wanted to walk with me. I have to walk every day, with or without a partner, but Jim was happy to join me today.
We live within the city limits, but we’re on a gravel road in the midst of a farming and ranching community. Usually I drive into town and walk on the bike path, but today Jim and I walked our gravel road and enjoyed the comfort of the country.
We live very near to the Floyd River. I’ve always loved how it winds its way around the properties in our area. And this morning, with the heavy clouds and the chill in the air, it reminds me of the bucolic countryside of Tuscany. Early mornings are similar in Chianti, peaceful and inviting, and I could almost imagine vineyards instead of Iowa bean fields before me.
A long walk is the perfect time to pray, to sort things out with our Creator. It’s also a great time to spend with Jim. We share a lot of common interests, so we had a lot to talk about. He will have a very busy day at work, and I will have a pretty busy day myself. A long walk is a fantastic way to make order of a hectic schedule.
As we walked along today I snapped a couple of photos with my phone. What I really need to do is get my good camera and hike out there for some serious shots, especially now that the seasons are changing. Soon these sunflowers will fade, but our trees will be particularly beautiful. And when they are bare and fill with snow, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in nature.
As we’ve gotten older we’ve considered moving into a regular neighborhood with finished streets and sidewalks, but after this morning I think I’m going to stay put for a while. Certainly, as we get older, it’s harder to maintain a country property. There’s a lot of mowing, and a lot of up-keep to the house itself. But the beauty and peace just can’t be beat.
Thank You, Jesus, for putting us in this place!