Dirt Roads

31 Mar

dirt road 3

My house gets smaller by the day.  Shrinking.
So, on a 73 degree Monday I decided to take a walk.

Two blocks from my home I found a short dirt road that seemed to pull me
away from the hard street surface.  What I found along that road was
curiously calming. It was a feeling, maybe a deeply buried memory of a dirt
road somewhere else at some other time.  When I stepped off the asphalt street
onto the earth, I felt a sense of relief, almost like coming back to a familiar place.
For me, touching the earth does that.  For you?

Walking along three blocks of asphalt primed me for the experience of
stepping off into a slightly different dimension.  Like life generally, the dirt
road was uneven; heavy sand here, ruts in the road over there, not at all
straight like the efficient asphalt surface.  I could see tracks of little animals,
a tiny purple flower waving to me from the shadow of an old, twisted mesquite
tree, and two small birds singing a duet in the distance.

I recommend dirt roads.
But maybe there’s something else you do that helps
lift the load from your back and set you free…just for a little while.
It helps to have a place like that, even if the visit there is only in memory.
When I turned around to make my way home, I looked up and saw the scene
above, an affirmation of strength slowly returning.

“I lift my eyes to the hills.  Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved…”
Except along dirt roads, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Dirt Roads”

  1. gz March 31, 2020 at 8:44 am #

    I play in the dirt every Tuesday morning while pitching horseshoes which each time hearkens me back to some fond memories of days gone as I also view God’s beautiful creation all around me.

  2. megs3141 March 31, 2020 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks for giving me a reason each day to check my email!  We walked a trail in our neighborhood in Rancho Vistoso today.  We heard cardinals, white wing doves, mourning doves, quail and gila woodpeckers defining their territories.   We also said good morning to the red ants as they were working on their excavations.   The planned and dedicated open spaces and parks that were part of the initial development were one of the factors we considered when we chose this location.  We even have a paved trail on the other side of our backyard fence.  The cat is fascinated to see “human heads” walking by! Keep the meditations coming, please and say hello to Sue. Blessings, M.

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