A walk in the woods with Nana

Scripture for the day:  Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.”

It was a beautiful autumn afternoon.  The sun was shining brightly in the sky, and a gentle breeze was blowing.  It seemed like a perfect time for a walk in the woods.  I asked my four-year-old granddaughter if she wanted to go for a walk, and she immediately agreed!  Excitement was written all over her, and so off we went.  It was the first time we had gone alone, without her parents or Papa with us, and I wondered if she would be afraid.  After all, the trees tower over her and there are rocks and roots to trip over on the path.  But she seemed undaunted, thrilled, actually, at the prospect.

Our first treasure was a bright red oak leaf!  It danced and shimmered just for us, and we stopped to enjoy it for a moment.  There were more, though!  Red leaves, yellow leaves danced on either side of the trail, and we couldn’t spend too much time with each one.  Other treasures loomed ahead.

We found prospective Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes!  Some were only a few inches tall, but shaped perfectly.  Others were about her size.  It would be hard to pick just one, but we will try.  We will go back with her daddy and let him dig one or two to put on our deck to decorate for Christmas.

There was a dead tree laying close to the trail.  We pretended it was a balance beam and took turns walking on it and then jumping off.  There was the celebratory “whee” at the end of each jump along with smiles and laughter.

Further down the trail, we spent time climbing on big rocks.  I would help her climb to the top and then catch her when she jumped off.  Some of the rocks were our “homes” for a few minutes, but we couldn’t tarry long.  Another adventure was calling.

What remains the sweetest picture in my mind, though, is of her hand in mine.  We were simply walking along together, hand in hand, singing or humming as we went.  She trusted me not to get lost, to catch her when she jumped, help her climb to the top of the big rocks.

Trust is a beautiful thing between two people.  It must be cherished and protected because once it is broken it is hard to repair.  I have several people in my life that I can trust.  Sadly, there are others who betrayed that trust and the feeling just isn’t the same.

God alone is worthy of our absolute trust.  I am confident that He always has my best interests in mind because He loves me so much.  God never has an ulterior motive or anything to gain.  I can trust Him completely, and I do.

Song for the day:  “‘Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus”

From the chorus:  “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!  How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!  Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!  O for grace to trust Him more!”


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. momandprophet
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 08:26:34


  2. Howard Brecheisen
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 11:31:42

    Dear Connie, especially after the election yesterday, we see an even greater need to TRUST IN GOD, Amen?!  We must keep looking up…and loving and encouraging one another. : )

    Love you!



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