THE OUTDOORS IS AN AMAZING PLACE TO HEAL.
We love the outdoors and have several reasons why we do the different activities outside that we do. Today, for me, it was all about healing my heart. For the past week I have been heartbroken and just emotionally fatigued from the loss of my little brother. He was a cowboy and loved the outdoors. He was always up to something. He had stories that he could tell that would make you question whether you would pee your pants from laughing before he finished.
Today, I decided that no matter what, I was going for a hike. I needed to get out and explore and soak up the beauty of nature. I needed to enjoy the outdoors and allow some of my stress to be washed away.
We hiked three parts of different trails to make a 1.8 mile hike at the Suwannee River State Park. By doing this, it allowed us to see 3 key focal points along the different trails and simply loop back to the parking lot. We hiked along the start of the Suwannee River Trail to the Lime Sink Run Trail to the connector trail of the Balanced Rock Trail and back to the Suwannee River Trail that gave us a view of the Little Gem Spring that feeds out into the Suwannee River.
With each step along the trail, I found myself relaxing. The crisp air this morning felt good, it felt refreshing. Along the way, I snuck in a short and fun video needed by the Hike Like A Woman (HLAW) Ambassadors for a little Holiday Cheer to come on the HLAW page.
Each time we came to a major focal point along the trail, I was able to soak in the splendor that God has created for us – the uniqueness of this area and His purposes for it. Today His purpose for it was to remind me that outdoors is where I feel closer to Him, feel His presence and adore His works of nature. He reminded me why my little brother loved being a cowboy and working outdoors. He gave me some peace in my broken heart.
By the end of this short hike, I felt so much better than when I started. I was uplifted by the experience. It is amazing what a short hike in nature can do for you mentally, physically and emotionally.
Get out there and feel the difference that the outdoors can make and tell us, do you find a stronger spiritual connection in the outdoors?