Today as I took my morning walk on our neighborhood’s scenic walking and running trail, I made an observation: People no longer stroll babies; they run at top speed with them! A dad was racing behind the baby I observed this morning, and she was reaching her hand out as if to say, “Dad, stop! I want to touch that tree. It’s going by too fast!” I figure at this regular pace, fast rides at the amusement park will be nothing for her when she gets older!
I remember years ago when I strolled our oldest son at a park near our house in New Rochelle, New York. That day, I met another woman strolling her baby. She invited me over to her house for lemonade and we became good friends after that act of hospitality. Would I have met her if was strolling my son at today’s baby stroller speed? It probably would have been a quick wave and I’d be on my way. On my walk today, I saved a turtle who was about to be smashed by traffic. I thought, “Turtles carry diseases. If I touch him, will I be contaminated?” I then realized risking disease was better than having turtle blood on my hands, so I moved him into the grass. I would have never seen him if I had been traveling at a rapid baby stroller speed!
Psalm 8:3,4 says, When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? How can we observe God’s creation and consider our place in it if we never stroll through our lives the old fashioned way? Is your life moving too fast? Try a morning stroll.
Categories: Archived Devotions