After church, I and S.M. drove out to a trail not thirty minutes from the house. This trail was maintained with benches and interesting sign posts that point out the flora and fauna along the way. The trail is a mile and ends at a large overlook. When we arrived at the overlook, I stopped, bent over, and breathed hard, my hands resting on my knees.
S.M. smiled before turning to point out the different landmarks. I listen after I have straightened. Anything to stall walking back. Thankfully, it’s downhill. I’m already thinking about hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies. My annual doctor’s visit will be unpleasant after this holiday!
But I’m also thinking, as I take S.M.’s hand, how lucky I am to have such a patient husband. He could have made some comments about me getting in better shape, but instead, he squeezed my hand and distracted me by pointing out the beauty of God’s creation. I closed my eyes and breathe in the pine and something else I can’t distinguish. I opened them and see the sky whitewashed in thin clouds with streaks of blue sky. A gentle breeze kept the temperatures almost cold.
We stand there a bit longer when I recall a piece of scripture in Psalm 98:
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
Oh, my Lord, how I am grateful for you!