I have maintained the walking regime. Why I couldn’t rustle my stumps in cooler weather, I can’t say – but walking now is a priority.
This morning as I began, I met Doug, who had gotten out earlier. He reported a water main break in an alley close by that impeded his constitutional. I would not be so deterred, I believed, unable to imagine how much water flows from such a rupture – I would simply by pass it, and get in my thirty minutes.
Then I caught sight of it. The force of the flow affected at least five streets, and water burbled along their curbs and corners. I successfully navigated the first challenges – but on the home stretch, I misjudged the depth. Cool water mixed with grit and mud inundated my shoes, soaking even the bottom of my pants.
And I was three blocks from home.
Walking in wet shoes with wet hems slapping at my ankles, feeling the fine grit grind about my feet slowed me down – I seriously considered calling Doug and asking him to come fetch me. (I never claimed to be a pioneering woman!) But did not relish the prospect of explaining why I wound up where he’d warned me not to go.
Hmmmmm. Could this have been an apt metaphor for how I got to be me?
Being warned of watery impediments, I strode on, convinced one little break would not inhibit me. Or, maybe I thought the break would be repaired by the time I made it past the alley?
This made me think of other times when I chose to disregard friendly warnings – the sum of which might be the back story of the great America novel I’m hatching. A working title might be Ah, But, You Were Warned, _______________.
Too often I read Aesop and others’ fables approving the wisdom for other folks but not applying it to me. And too often, I saw how Solomon’s wisdom could teach others, and did not learn for myself. Taking long walks gives me time to think about how often I ignored wise counsel – and the merciful interventions God enabled. I wonder if the determination that gets me up, out of the house and walking means I am a little more teachable this season. Mr. Thoreau, once said, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or else they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other. (Matthew Henry)