A Natural Diversion

This morning on my way home from dropping off my wife at work I stopped at a park nearby our house. From this park two trails began and I had been meaning to explore exactly where they went and ended up for quite some time.

Today was the day.

I followed the first trail and it went exactly where I thought it went. The other trail, however, dead-ended at a fairly shallow creek. At this point I was faced with a decision: go home and work out? Or stay here and explore and crawl around and climb (and get me work out accomplished naturally)?

You can guess which option I chose.

I waded through the creek. Scaled a few embankments. Made my way out onto more than one precariously placed log. And I did it all with my flip-flops in the back pockets of my jeans. (This was a seriously spontaneous event.)

I got dirty. And scraped by thorns. I slipped and slid through the creek.

And it felt good.

Last night the heat broke for a bit here at home. So much so that my wife and I could sit out on the back deck and simply do some reading surrounded by the sounds of nature. We just sat, with no noise but the baby monitor, and read and talked about our day. It was great. A good relaxing end to our day. And it was possible because of being outside away from the TV, cell phone, video games, cd player, iPod, iPad, computer, etc. We just paused and rested.

I’ve been reading a book lately: Better Off by Eric Brende. In it Eric talks about the negative impact a blind trust and use of technology can have on our world. Particularly our relationships. It has been resonating with me in a convicting way. I spend a lot of my time tied to machines of all sizes and shapes.

And I’m willing to bet that you do too.

So today I challenge/implore you to turn them off or just leave them behind. Even if only for an hour or two. Get outside. Get into a book. Just get away from them. Spend some time with loved ones or by yourself or with God. It does your soul good. Two such experiences in the last 24 hours for me has put my soul in a good place.

I feel refreshed by exploring God’s good creation. And I think you will too.

What about you – do you have a favorite way of “unplugging”? Porch sitting? Jogging on a trail? Something else? Or do you have an ideal way of unplugging, but simply don’t get to indulge that often? If so, share in the comments, I’d be glad to hear from you.

5 thoughts on “A Natural Diversion

    1. There’s just nothing else like it. Being able to unplug and clear your thoughts and simply let a book entertain or inform or (better yet) both. I wholeheartedly agree!

  1. Thank you Matt for putting some things into prospective for me as well.Im glad you enjoyed your time with nature. God bless you!

  2. Sounds like a good time. Allison and I used to climb down the creek some at that place in Bourbonnais…prairie farms??? (I can’t remember the name). It would be fun to have such a spontaneous adventure now!

    1. Perry Farms was an amazing place in Bourbonnais. I’m kind of ashamed I didn’t take advantage of it more often while we were there. But Bloomington has all sorts of awesome parks and trails that I am bound and determined to make use of!

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