Sunshine, blue skies, fresh snow... on February 18 my friend, Bet, her canine neighbour, Henry, and I had a perfect day to hike to the cascade and low bridge in the conservation area along the Grand River. Other hikers and skiers had been on the trail. It was packed but uneven. Can't say it was easy walking. I was the caboose in the adventure bringing up the rear the whole way. A two hour jaunt in another season stretched into almost three. Bet and Henry probably walk it in less than two hours often.
Prime opportunity for thinking comes with trudging along on your own. One scripture that came to mind was Matthew 11:30, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJV) What a blessing to be yoked together with One who is never without strength. When I was huffing and puffing climbing uphill over snow-covered tree roots or rocky steps His energy enabled me. Bare ground was visible under the shelter of the overhang and I thought of those favourite verses in Psalm 91:1-2, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.'" (NKJV)
Exercise is part of my weekday morning routine, but my companions are in way better shape. All of it was just fun for Henry who is very young. At about the same age, taking dog years into consideration, I probably would have had the zip to goof around in the snow at the cascade too rather than taking pictures of his antics. Whatever our level of physical fitness, whatever our age, when the going is rough there is One who is willing to walk beside us. In times of storm we may take shelter under the shadow of the Almighty.