Being Outside

by Annabelle Townsend


There is something about the outdoors that puts me in the presence of God. To feel the wind when I’m out for a run reminds me “I’m with you always.” To see a waterfall, snow on the mountains in the middle of June, deep crevasses on the earth carved by a mighty river reminds me “I’m powerful and great. Nothing will ever defeat you.” To sit quietly by a lake or paddle in my canoe reminds me, “I’m here. What would you like to talk about? What concerns you?”

It is being outside that distractions are removed. It is being outside where the Creator and Giver of life around me whispers in my heart that I too, am created by Him and through Christ have been given real abundant life. And it is being outside where maybe being still is what's needed. It is living simply and enjoying Him.

So today, I'll go for a run. Or take a walk. In a few weeks the weather will call for the camping gear to be taken out of storage. I'll answer His invitation and place my hand in His hand.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8