The road less traveled

Sometimes it takes being alone to make you realize that you are not alone.

I will admit to not enjoying winter all that much. Mud, wet rugs, layers of clothes and cold often make me long for more tropical climates. But today, in the midst of a blizzard that is still prevailing, I began listening to the quiet voice inside, beckoning me to don my snow pants (thank you Sean), boots, coat, hat (you are welcome, Blaise), and gloves and to venture into the woods to absorb God’s magnificent world. We are blessed to have access to hundreds of acres out of our back door.

Thankfully, I grabbed my camera, and while trudging through 3 foot drifts, I began seeing beauty where yesterday, I did not.

I saw evidence of God everywhere

 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.– 1 Chronicles 16:33

 While loneliness often plagues my heart, I am a writer and live the writer’s life of isolation, so part of it is genetics and part of it is my own doing.  I am also an introvert, which is probably no surprise to those who know me and can appreciate my reticence when it comes to social gatherings. I rebelled against it early on, but it is something I have grown to appreciate and yes, even nourish.

 The simple beauty of a snow covered weed is astounding. It reminds me that God can make us all new and He sees the beauty within our often darkened, and dried-out hearts

 Before shoveling this morning, I spent a few moments filling the bird feeders, and was rewarded by feathered friends who stuck around while I captured them. They are a reminder for me not to worry about our future. 
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? –Matthew 6:26

 And then, after my wandering, our wonderful neighbors, Jim and Kim stopped by to offer friendship and help with clearing our driveway. God is so good 
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.–Proverbs 18:24

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