Despite the fact that somehow the forces had aligned in such a way that the axle on the mode of regular transportation was horribly bent-walking 5.2 miles to work awakened a sense of resonant reality.
The trek began at 4:30 a.m.. There hadn’t been a walk of this continuous duration in a very long time though other types of cardiovascular exercise was routine. It was the second day of school for the students and being in place by seven was imperative.
There was nothing to base the duration nor what toll it would take on the body but I was bound and determined to complete the goal. Along the way encouraging epiphanies made the journey much more kinetic than expected. Songs began popping to mind.
At one point, while thanking God for every single thing- the image of two outstretched arms contrasted against the twilight of the early morning sky. Though it was only a tree that had no leaves, the believing eyes saw praise, even among the botanticals.
Soon afterwards a quiet voice said “I need you to come talk to me”. There are those who would not deny that a bit of crazy has on occasion reared its head, however, on this particular experience the clarity was pure, organic, booming yet quiet. It was he and I only.
The choice to leave the bicycle at home enabled the extraction of all mechanical things. There was no iPod, iPhone, or any other device to distract from the WHOLENESS of that moment that turned into hours. Aromas of sweet cedar sap filled the air and then what smelled like cotton candy.
I talked to him for a long time about all manners of things. I asked particular care of certain individuals and circumstances that had presented themselves in range of prayer, awareness, and concern. There were many thanks extoled….the things that had not been said in a while. Apologies for missteps and liberties were professed. The rest is between me and he.
A few things realized while treking that pertain to life:
1. I was less compelled to sing or make unnatural noises on darker paths for fear of bringing unnecessary attention/attack.
2. Stay on the path. If one must leave the path make certain that there is some light on the alternative road.
3. Be fearless. The destination is the objective. The scenery is pleasant but can be a distraction if we stay in that place too long.
4. Use all senses. When its dark rely on sound, smell, touch and intuition (spirit) to guide.
5. Go to the light.
6. Be prepared. The rain began to fall, everything was drenched…but thankfully there were spare clothes.
7. Know your route. What’s the best course that is safe and direct?