We decided to talk a walk in the Olari forest the other day.
Today was too nice of a day not to be outside. I took the opportunity, put down my studies, the papers that are due, and the reading and decided to go for a bike ride. It was absolutely gorgeous and perfect outside for a ride. I’m not sure how far I went, and it really doesn’t matter either. I just rode and rode for about an hour and half. I went on my favorite trail and had a blast.
Getting outside and running or cycling has a great effect on me. I always feel better afterwards – even if the run was crappy or difficult. Being outside is a way to rejuvenate.
So come along and cycle with me. Start pumping with me for half a minute and then look up and enjoy the scenery.
Today it was up to Harrisburg. The kids colored eggs at pappy’s church while Abby and I went to pick up her birth certificate. It was needed to apply for a passport. On our way from the church to Vital Records, we saw some signs of Spring.
Seeing the beautiful flowers in the midst of a concrete garden of humanity’s efforts and structure and organization is a good reminder of what Good Friday is all about.
Given humanity’s efforts to bring everything under our control, we often forget that we are not in charge. No matter how impressive things look, or how long we have had something in place. We forget all too often that there are other things that have been around a lot longer. This past winter is a great reminder that we don’t control the weather, often it impacts and alters our plans.
Good Friday is a great opportunity to for us to wonder about God. To see God’s vision for the world, to see the creation, to feel God’s presence. It is an opportunity to look at death in the face and the potential of nature and how destructive it can be and to remember that out of death comes life. A Good Friday to everyone.
On days like today, isn’t everything just water under the bridge? It was just so perfect today, that there was nothing that could spoil the day. And so when I got up, I went on a bike ride. A nice long 14 mile bike ride on my favorite trail.
Then it was time for soccer for one of our children.
After that, we had time and went to a state park to enjoy nature. I couldn’t ask for a better day. It’s amazing what, or rather who, you can find when you stop to look.
And some wonders never cease to amaze, like this tree. I’m left wondering what its story is. How did grow like this?