|The Mystery within...|
The day following writing my post, Befriending Time, I took some time to walk to the beach with Oliver (my current yellow lab) who replaced Ben, who followed my original beach buddy Bear (shepherd husky mix). This past May, the day before my knee replacement surgery, along with my son, daughter and a granddaughter, we took Ben and Bear's ashes into the valley that opens to Lake Michigan. Oliver and I now made our first return to the beach since my knee surgery. It was a mild December afternoon--mostly cloudy inland but I could see blue sky and sunshine hugging the shoreline in the east. The prospect of sun on my face and earth beneath my feet over road my concern for a safe trek. I took my snowshoe poles to steady me on the uneven, and in some places, muddied and puddled path.
Worry for secure footing disappeared with each step. I was so very grateful for coming, as was Oliver. But I definitely felt something missing and soon identified it as a sense of very deep personal connection with my natural surroundings. When I regularly walked here with Bear, I frequently experienced a transforming energy coming from the nature surrounding me. It was an energy that gradually grew me and overcame my fear, opened my eyes to injustice, and led me to trust my inmost self, my feminine wisdom--God's slow work in me. It was a very dark time in my life that shed much light. I was reminded it was the reason I wrote "God Never Hurries" for I always wanted to remember the uniqueness of those closer walks with Light.
What if we always knew a closer walk with Light waits for us in darkness?