Not alone

I went for a walk today, in the woods, to get away from schoolwork for a moment. I thought I was alone.

As I walked along the path that was covered in leaves, I realized I was not alone.

The leaves were fallen arrows. Arrows that were directed at me and blocked.

I looked to my left and saw rows of trees…

Each tree represented an obstacle that was conquered. As the obstacle was right before me, it seemed insurmountable. Now that I see them from this angle, they seem so small.

As I walked a little further, and looked to my left, I was overtaken with beauty of the sun shining through the trees. It was so Majestic.

I was not alone.

A few more steps, and I saw this rock next to a massive tree. I remembered a verse I read once… “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud; And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm” (Psalms 40:2).

So… I stood on it.

As I trampled upon the unsuccessful arrows, I looked up and saw rows of power lines. In that moment, I realized that the path set before me is kind of like a row of power lines. I could see about four towers attached to the lines. In my mind, those towers represented goals ahead of me. My upcoming internship, graduating, getting hired as a school counselor, and paying off my student loans…

The path remains straight, and the towers continue even though I can’t see them. I trust that they are there, so I will follow the path.
As I walked a bit further I saw a smaller tree that aligned its roots with a larger tree. It seemed like it was clinging to the larger tree. “Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me” (John 15:4).

For some reason, I looked up. I saw a pine cone where it did not belong.

The angle is a bit off in the picture above, but it struck me nonetheless. Even when I fall, God is there to catch me.

I chose this trail for my hike today because I love watching the water flow over these rocks. For some reason this place brings me peace.

Today, it reminded me that even if we are silent, even if we don’t praise God, “the stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40).

As I was leaving, I saw another tower. This one was right in the middle of my path. As I looked at how massive it was, and thought about how strong it must be, I thought about this verse, “The Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run into it and they are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
To be honest, I was afraid to go on this walk alone.

I think that is why God met me there.

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