A Stroll after Supper

“Let’s stroll for a bit.”

The all-you-can-eat buffet at the lodge weighed heavy and a slow, easy walk sounded good. The evening was pleasant and we headed along the path around the lake.  There was a slight breeze and the sounds of the tree frogs and crickets accompanied us.  After a while, we found a bench and sat down.

“Tell me a story,” my wife sad as the conversation lulled.  This lead us to places and people of our separate and common pasts. Some stories were old and well worn, others unfamiliar to the other.

We centered in on our college years, when those life changing decisions were afoot, with job interviews and wedding plans.  So much uncertainty then has been settled now.

I was thinking that that time was gone and we can’t go back.  Even going back to college now would be a step forward into another uncertain future.

You can’t go back.  The things that fit me then wouldn’t fit now.  I’ve grown into a different person.  The things that I feared back then, I could face now with ease, but now there are new challenges ahead.  Our kids are getting closer to the teen years and I’m concerned that I might not be able to face those years.  But, it does not good to worry.  I need to trust that God will provide the grace to meet whatever changes that are ahead.  We have to take it one day at a time.

Give us, Lord, Our daily bread.

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