For the better part of my life I felt as if I walked under a cloud. And yet, I also felt I was walking with an incredible protective force and in my spirit, I never felt I was walking alone. Even as a young girl, I had a special affinity for the outdoors and found laughter and joy there. Despite what was happening behind the walls of my home, school, or in my neighbor’s homes, I still felt a supernatural degree of security. I could never quite explain it to anyone and therefore, I kept it to myself.
From an early age my mother instilled in me a trust and faith in a God I could not see or fully understand. I learned to pray at an early age and to walk and talk with God. I have vivid memories of walking to and from school and praying as I walked. I always loved our rides to the country or to the beach because I found such enormous calm and peace there in the great outdoors.
It was in the outdoors that I discovered the lighter walk, surrounded by God’s creation, I discovered freedom from a world that terrified me. For as long as I can remember I heard that God was everywhere. It was part of my religious training and the simple truth my mother spoke into my life. As I grew in my faith and sought to “find God,” I began to see him everywhere I went. More and more he spoke to me as I walked and breathed in his spirit. More and more he became my constant companion, pointing out the incredible world he created. And as I have continued down his pathway, he has lightened the burdens of my past with forgiveness and grace. Today I walk the Lighter Walk because I walk with him.
Look around you today. Can you see God in the creation of our world? That magnificent blade of grass popping out in the midst of dry soil? The blooming flowers that bring forth a wondrous odor? The sky above that warms your face just as the night moon cools the night? These are the gifts of peace I find when I look beyond myself and desire to be closer to the Creator. In the great outdoors, I find he lightens my daily walk and reminds me that I am never alone. I hope you will find that too.