Monday, February 7, 2011

Don't wait

There are some things that we wait, and wait, and wait to do, until the perfect occasion presents itself. Most of the time, that perfect day never comes, or we just don't see it. I know this, because it is exactly what I do. I like to plan things out, make them perfect, be decided on one thing. But life isn't all about plans.

Don't wait.

Be a little spontaneous.

Those times where you do something fun, just for the sake of doing it, are some of the best memories.

 I'm more saying this to myself than to anyone else. I struggle with the details. I also delight in the details. Today, I found something that let me appreciate the details, but not get caught up in them. It was refreshing. It calmed my spirit. It gave me peace. So you tell that kind of spontaneity worth it, even though it could be risky?

Last night, I decided to wake up early the next morning to go for a walk, before the sun even came up. Mornings are my favorite, though most of the time I forget that. I'm very influenced by my surroundings, and let's just family aren't really morning people! They don't mind mornings or anything, they just would rather sleep in than wake up early if possible.

Today, when my alarm went off at 7 AM, I wondered if I was really going to do it. I looked out my window and saw a clear blue-pink sky. It was now or never.

I would like to say this now...mornings are the best. Nobody was around. No cars, no hikers. All I could hear were the streams bubbling alongside my path, the occasional dog barking, and the wind in the trees. Glorious.

 There's a song that was playing in my mind as I walked in the silence. The lyrics go like this:

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me.

I approached my house at the end of my walk just as a sun beam shot across the mountain and shone on all the mountains across the valley. I stopped right in my tracks. It was breathtaking. I stood on our patio, and watched as the beam got bigger and bigger, until it shone across the whole top of Lysa Hora.

It felt like witnessing the world waking up.
The song by Chris Tomlin continues:

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my

Perfect. There is no other way to describe the glory of God that shines like the morning light. Just then, the sun came up over the mountain. It was blinding. Instantly, the world was warmer and the new day had really begun. 

So don't wait to do something you really enjoy, or want to do. It can give you a new perspective on the day. But let God be in the middle of whatever you do. His presence changes everything. 

Oh, and don't forget to take in His Creation. It really is beautiful. 


  1. Good for you! What a lovely morning, I was up then too and witnessed the lovely sunrise. So awesome.

  2. this is a great journey post. how beautiful. thanks for sharing!

  3. Great post Claire! I like the way you walked (ha!) us through your process and then invited us to walk with you in doing spontaneous things because there are hidden treasures tucked inside them! Thanks for the reminder! And great pics by the way. Good thing you brought your camera along for the ride because a picture really is worth a thousand words!!!

  4. Beautifully written Claire! I hope you'll post some of the other pictures too because you captured so much in them as well!


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