Kamryn and Nana Take a Walk
Just two blocks away from us is a paved walkway on the Franklin College campus. The college graciously opened the athletic park and walking path to general public at no cost to us. I frequent both the path and campus with evening walks. Occasionally one of the grandkids walks with me but I mostly walk my own pace and enjoy the scenery. Today was a perfect day to walk. The weather was particularly agreeable. Kamryn, three years old, joined me today.
She possesses one of those little cars that one can “walk” or Nana can push. Today, Nana pushed—at first. If anyone followed us, they would be challenged to describe it to another person. We stopped to pick a couple of wildflowers, stopped to reposition baby doll, we stopped to watch the college ball game (to the delight of other spectators who began watching Kamryn instead of the game), we meandered through empty tennis courts, stopped at almost every bench along the walk, crossed the college parking lot, stopped to fill the car with gas several times, and an hour and a half later, we were home in the back yard blowing bubbles.
The walk reminded me of the cartoon, “Family Circus” when Billy takes the longest route possible to accomplish a short errand. Where is my life journey taking me, I wondered as we strolled along with a light breeze that kept us cool under a very hot sun. Life is an adventure. Look at a map of Paul’s missionary trips sometime. Then put the map beside a similar map of topography. You will be surprised to see the mountainous travel they made in what is now Eastern Turkey. Paul, Barnabas, Silas, and Timothy were hardy travelers as well as preachers and church congregation builders.
Paul wrote to the Galatian Believers, “. . . I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) In your life journey, whether it is a smooth straight pathway, or a pathway that has curves, mountains, and valleys, the most important thing is to walk in the guidance of the Good Shepherd’s presence. You will not get lost, and you will arrive at your Heavenly destination.
Kamryn was a delightful companion. I got in purposeful exercise, and absorbed a life lesson along the way. I’d declare that a profitable walk this mid-summer afternoon.