“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2014 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (2 of 40), Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte:
Well, at least I’m not the guy on the little yellow scooter. That’s my mantra as I head out to “walk.”
It’s 39° and raining heavily. I have made a commitment to walk, and I must at least try not to give up because of a little rain, albeit a cold rain.
It is rare that I am so anxious to get the walk over with, that I will do anything, including walking in a cold rain. If it weren’t both cold and rainy, I would have waited and taken an evening walk. But today, in order to get it done, that is exactly what I did. No waiting around. I walked in the rain.
A couple of things were noteworthy: the chimes were clanging loudly, the sound of raindrops on my umbrella and a completely new sound on the labyrinth – the rustling sound of pine needles scraping as I walked with my umbrella under a tree,
Candidly, there was not much spiritual contemplation as I walked. But then again sometimes the real world interferes. And there is value in putting time aside. So after finishing I was glad for the time and glad to be done. But I must admit that that was the quickest walk on a labyrinth I have ever taken. There is nothing colder than a cold rain. And this is a typical winter in the SE.
And of course I wasn’t dressed for the walk. I love this bench … which was even more off balance than last time I visited. I was glad it was not a good day to sit.
As I said, at least I am not the guy on the little yellow scooter. I hope he made it home safely.
After my walk and return drive home (and in the warmth and comfort of that home), I started a devotional book that my sister gave to me at breakfast this morning, Catherine Marshall’s The Helper. i’m interested to see where the Holy Spirit takes me.