Maybe it was the uncomfortable quietness of an empty house after Christmas. Perhaps it was looking back at 2009 with some disappointments and forward to 2010 with some fears. Maybe it was feeling overwhelmed with… well, “life”. Or maybe it was the changes and challenges in our family that made celebrating this Christmas season bittersweet at times. I am not sure I can actually “blame” it on one thing. But I sure was in a funk this past weekend and needed an attitude adjustment.
When Sunday morning arrived, the last thing I wanted was the distraction of going to church. Please don’t misunderstand. I LOVE my church family and am a firm believer in corporate worship and living in community with fellow Christ-followers. But sometimes “going” to church is just that… just a place to go and fulfill my “obligation”. Sometimes it has nothing to do with worship or teaching or my soul’s need to commune with God.
So instead of warming a pew, Mark and I, with Max in tow, went to Robinson Preserve, a favorite local walking place for me. It was cold and overcast, but we spent almost 3 hours there, walking 5 miles, photographing the beauty around us, talking with those we passed on the trail and training/playing with Max.
We didn’t have any deep conversations. We didn’t spend time praying or reading the Word. But we most definitely communed with God, enjoying being in His beautiful “church without walls” as I like to call it.
Standing on a boardwalk the jutted out into the water, we were joined by three cyclist. One of them kindly offered to take our picture. All of a sudden out of nowhere a flock of roseate spoonbills (they look like flamingos) flew by us.
It was breathtaking. The cherry on top was that the gentleman who had my camera in his hands, whipped it around and snapped a few photos of them in flight! He apologized for taking the photos but said it was just instinct… he is an Alaskan wildlife photographer! That’s what I call a hug from God… seeing his creation and capturing it on my camera.
And you know what…
life looks brighter after time spent in my church without walls.
Remembering that God is good all the time,