“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” ~ Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire.
Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’ ~ John 6:35
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~ John Muir
One of these days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” ~ John Muir
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad’ let the sea resound, and all that is in it’ let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy. ~ Psalm 96: 11-12
“We need the tonic of wilderness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.
I can’t explain how being alone in God’s creation, without distractions changes my mindset. Something different goes on in my brain. Couple that with running, and the benefit in my brain chemistry from that, it’s like a perfect combination for my mental and spiritual health. I feel closer to God and am more apt to give thanks and to worship. So many of my daily prayers are asking for things. So many people I know are going through hard things. As I am praying for God to change their circumstances or intervene in their lives, I sometimes neglect all the good. There is SO much good! It can get burried under the weight of our worry, our concern, our apathy. Now and then people ask me why I run, especially why I run so far. This – these discombobulated group of words, gives a peek into my why.
Being out on a trail is a reminder that God is good. He doesn’t change. He is my true foundation. He is trustworthy. He is mighty. He is my rock, my fortress, of whom shall I be afraid? All is right with the world for the time I am on the trails. There are no worries, just pure joy. And I am filled with peace. Jesus is our example, going into solitary places and away from mankind to commune with the Father. To recharge, to enjoy!