Friday, October 21, 2016


Yesterday, I talked about weekends and the need to Sabbath and find rest.

Today, I wanted to share a little about my favorite way to rest:  enjoying God's creation at a park (preferably one which has a lake or river nearby).

A lot of times we hike trails when we are at parks, but sometimes we pull up a lawn chair and just sit. Sometimes you can learn a lot of history about the site you are visiting. There are often markers erected to tell the story.

Sitting in silence is calming. I highly recommend it. When you consider how we are surrounded by noise 24/7, it is no surprise that literal peace and quiet is like a balm to our souls.


I know I've mentioned this before, but it is a marvel to me.  Whenever Jim and I visit a park, be it a state or national one, we see so few people there taking advantage of the opportunity. I would hate for someone to say during the inevitable budget-cutting sessions any body of government has to have nowadays, "Well, no one ever comes to this park anyway. Let's close it and save the state dollars."
Columbus Belmont, KY

One of the perks we citizens have is the ability to visit any of the wonderful acreage in our parks and recreation system, most of the time for free. We can come as often as we would like and stay for as long as we wish. (Or until closing time, which usually is 10 p.m.)

You know, I think God likes the idea of His children spending time at the park. After all, He put the first couple in the Garden of Eden. The garden was probably a lot like a park, only swankier, and with edible munchies hanging around.

And guess what? In the cool of the day, He came and walked with His children, Adam and Eve, Doesn't that sound like a hike in a park?

Do you go to the park often?


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Karen said...

When my children were younger, we went to parks often. Even if we were traveling on vacation we would search out state parks to visit. As emptynesters, we don't take advantage of that option as much as we should.

I have enjoyed reading along with your journey...and I loved the mention of Eden in today's trip!

betty said...

Now that the weather is cooling down, we will have to spend more times at the parks here. It is soothing to be out enjoying the beauty God had given us.


Anonymous said...

I like the connection you make between walking in a park and God walking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I've always felt that walking in the park are some of the times I best connect with God but I hadn't made that link before!

Anonymous said...

Our walks are more on trails and around the neighborhood and not in a park but I think the same connection can be made. It's good to enjoy quiet or just the natural sounds of nature...