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~ Toni Tilley (Nana)

This Thanksgiving I am especially thankful for the saying,"Take a Hike". You may think that is a strange thing to be thankful for at Thanksgiving or any other time. When my husband tells me to "Take a Hike", I am so grateful.

You see, life can really be overwhelming sometimes and if I think too long about the situations and circumstances that my family has to face, I can really get depressed. As wife, mother, nana and now, great-nana, I want to kiss them all and make it better. Kisses won't cure Parkinson's Plus, Arthritis, Diabetes, Psoriasis, Asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heart Problems, Abusive situations or Clinical Depression. Kisses won't make better the financial problems of the single mother, or the family of eight, the newlyweds, huge medical bills, the ones working for low salaries, or pay back ten months of lost income. There is no way I can make better the disappointments, fears, or insecurities they have to face. So if I just lie there and stare at the wall and wonder how can they solve this, I will be so depressed that I will be useless. I will become their problem.

Well, I decided there had to be a better way. I took a hike.

Thank God we have a woods where I can take a hike. I hadn't been in the woods for awhile, it was just too hot to go hiking for so long. Then one day when it was cooler my husband and I hiked down to our picnic table that is kind of isolated and we sat on the table top with our backs up against each other so we both had a backrest. We just sat there and didn't even talk for the longest time. I could feel the peace and tranquility just soaking into me. I could breathe it in. I felt like I could touch it. The leaves have turned to their red and gold Autumn colors and were so pretty. Then a little breeze came along and wiggled some of the leaves a little and I thought of the Holy Spirit. How you can't see Him but you can feel Him. It seemed that as the breeze blew around me, God was wrapping His arms around me. I didn't want to leave but it was going to get dark if we didn't get going. Anyway that's why "taking a hike' works so well for me. I can meet with the Lord in the sanctuary He made in our woods.

A few days later, I took a hike by myself and I talked to the Lord in that private sanctuary that He made just for us. I told Him all about the diseases and illnesses and frailties. I told Him all about the money problems and the living conditions. I told Him how grateful I was that I could lay it all at His feet because He was able and willing to handle it all in His way and in His time. I felt a little breeze brush my cheek and I just know that was Him, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ kissing my cheek and promising me to make it all better.

So this Thanksgiving as we sit around the dinner table and each tells about the things they are thankful for I can just see their faces when I say, "I'm so full of thanksgiving for the day God had me to "Take a Hike".

May Jesus bless you real good !
Toni Tilley

Submitted on : 1-Nov-2005

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

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