Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Morning Musings

I woke up this morning and was about to get ready for work when our dog Jake came in to "ask" if I'd take him outside for a walk. I said, "Sure, what the heck. Even if it's just 15 minutes around the block. It would be great for you and me to spend some time with God, too."

Our apartment complex has a lot of trees, and as I walk the dog in the morning, I hear birds from all over the place with their morning songs. Squirrels, too. And we even have a duck pond with ducks who often spend time outside the pond area. Geese, too, but they prefer to keep to themselves.

It's really interesting around spring as we see ducklings and goslings being born, and the protective nature of their parents in action.

For me, in the morning, as I walk the dog, I'm reminded more of God's beauty and creativity. I love how he manages this small area of the universe so well, and I marvel that I get to enjoy it.

I've often used these walks in the morning to talk with God about my own anxieties, concerns, worries, etc. I realize that I'm not meant to be that way, but that it's really God's intent and purpose for me that I pour these things out to him. He is able to work so many things out, even the bad things that happen.

Most of the time I pray for my own heart and character to be changed, so that I can more readily handle what is going on. Not from an endurance perspective, but I prefer to have a warrior mindset about the things going on in my life.

If you read the older posts, you'll find that I've often struggled with depression and anxiety. I think some of the ways I've tried to cope with it is to not get too emotionally involved with what's going on around me. As I type that, I see of course that's not the right thing to do, and so I've prayed for God to help me be in touch with all that's going on around me and not to shrink back from problems and obstacles, but to face them head on.

Just some things I'm thinking about as I head into the new day and week.

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1 comment:

Chris Brogan said...

Really great post. Thanks for sharing it with me. I'm glad you took the time to write it.