You Gotta Be There

I've been trying to get back into walking this spring. It's been tough with all the topsy-turvy rush of everyone's work schedules, but I need to walk—for my body, mind and soul. There is just something about being outside first thing in the morning, walking that tunes my heart to God's channel. Since I've been posting a lot of pictures for the a2z meme as well as at The Barn Door, I left Puppers at home and brought my camera, never dreaming all I'd see.

I was crouching in weeds, getting a picture of a cluster of wild roses—I had actually taken one shot when I realized there was honeybee on the far rose. As I watched, it moved to the other roses, flew away and came back.

Then, just a little further down the road, I stopped to get a picture of the milkweed. Once I got one of the whole plant, I waded into the weeds to see if I couldn't get some of the flowers. I stayed there a long time snapping shots, thrilled with God's detail of each individual flower that made up the whole.

I was amazed at what I was seeing. Things that I only usually saw as a whole, from a distance, were much more intricate and beautiful up close.

Yanno, it's a lot like my spiritual life. Just like I had to purposefully go out and walk to put myself in a position to see and experience the beauty of the morning and the flowers, I need to put myself in a position where I can see the things God has for me to see.
I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. ~Proverbs 8:17 NAS
You can't see it if you aren't there. And you can see it in greater detail if you're there yourself and not seeing it second hand.

As beautiful and wonderful as some pictures are, it's not the same as experiencing it yourself. When you are in God's Word, digging for yourself, you learn things in greater detail than you do when you're listening to a recap or a lesson after someone else has done the digging. Those times are very good, like seeing a picture, but it's not quite the same as being there yourself.

I don't know about you, but I want to put myself in the position where I can see the things of God. That means being in God's Word, looking and listening. 

You gotta be there to yourself. It's better than any picture could ever be.


  1. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Thanks for this, Peej!
    Great pics. I have to
    get back into walking too.


  2. My husband and I went for a walk this morning also (first time in a looong time) but my view was of blacktop and roadside weeds :) I'm going to slow down and try to see things through your eyes tomorrow. Thanks for showing me how to take a "beautiful" walk and reminding me to be more deliberate in my time with the Lord. God Bless you, Patty!

  3. So very, very true, Peejers. For yourself is so much better. Love this post.

  4. Awesome pictures, Peej! It's amazing what we see when looking through a lens rather than just plain walking through our days not really looking at what's right in front of us.

  5. Beautiful thoughts and pictures.

  6. It's a different walk when you take your camera...which reminds me. I better get a picture of my lady slippers while they're still blooming!

  7. Morning is my favorite time to walk and spend time with God and nature! Wonderful devotional! Love you!


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