Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Joyful Songs

Before we ever began the moving process I determined I wouldn't let my walking and work-out routines slide. I think the appropriate quote here would be, "The best laid plans of mice and men go awry." (Robert Burns) I haven't worked out in three weeks, and we've only managed a couple of walks.

I am determined to repent of this slothful behavior! We went for a walk this morning, and my legs have registered their protest. It is a very different walk from the one we took at our old house. Instead of a little country road, we follow sidewalks through a well-manicured area of rehab facilities, retirement apartments and nursing homes.

There is a little man-made lake with lovely fountains spouting plumes of water into the air. We pass other walkers, some with their dogs bounding along beside them. There is a distinct lack of hills, but I enjoyed the walk.

I took along my index cards with my memory verses printed out - another sadly neglected part of my usual routine. I struggled to remember the words as the wind wound circles around us and the water fountains caused the water to dance.

One of my verses (Zephaniah 3:17) has a line that says: "He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." I had just recited the words as we walked through the gates of our apartment complex. The clear, beautiful notes of a little unseen bird filled the air, and I thought - "Yes, He rejoices over me with joyful songs." It was a beautiful melody and oh how it brightened the morning.