Tale of Two Lakes

I live in Lakeland, aptly named because of an abundance of lakes.  I pass two of them nearly every day.

Lake Hollingsworth RunnersLake Hollingsworth, three miles in circumference, features a paved walking path.  Any time of the day, the path is filled with walkers, joggers, or skaters.  You’ll see the young and old, pushing strollers, walking dogs, riding bikes, all in a constant state of activity.  They’re taking their fitness so seriously, you can almost smell the perspiration.  When I drive by, I find myself thinking, “I should be doing that!”

Just a few blocks away, Lake Morton paints a different picture.  Only one mile around, it is filled with all manner of water fowl.   Swans prepare their nests and preen their feathers. Geese parade across the street, halting traffic. Families throw bread crumbs to the ducks. Here, everyone strolls at a far more leisurely pace.  Visitors relax on benches and picnic tables to take in the scenery.  It is a study in serenity and tranquility.  When I drive by, I find myself thinking, “I wish I were doing that!”

Likewise, some of our days are a flurry of activity, running from task to task, totally exhausting our energy.  While these days are sometimes necessary for us to accomplish the business of living on this earth, we desperately need the days of serenity and peace to reset our souls and renew our strength.  We’re often torn between our earthly obligations and our desire to seek a time of prayer and devotion to God.    Luke tells us  ‘Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.’ (Luke 5:16)   He, even God’s Son, needed to get away from the activities of the crowds and his earthly ministry, in order to seek God’s face and know His purposes.

Even in our busiest days, God can help us find the balance we need in our lives, if we seek His face and the counsel of His Word.

See you later… gonna grab my sneakers and some bread crumbs and head for the lake…

Copyright 2010 Mary E. Egidio –  Permission is granted to share this work, but with attribution, and not for commercial purposes.  (yes, you can share it, but tell who wrote it and where you got it, and don’t try to sell it)


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