It's got me thinking about the disconnect that we often feel with nature. It's normal to jump into an air conditioned car and drive to various activities. If we have an attached garage for our car, we don't even have to step outside until we arrive at our location. Insulated in our private vehicles, we are transported from one place to another. It's normal to drive, so it's what we do. And if we see people who aren't driving, we pause, maybe wondering is something wrong?
Cars are nice, and there's nothing wrong with owning and driving a car. The city where I live is extremely spread out, so using a car is necessary for traveling a lot of the time. However, we're a one-car family, and I often don't borrow the car while my husband is at work. We, thankfully, now live in a part of town that is more pedestrian-friendly than other parts of the metro...so my son and I can just walk.
|My shadow does not deceive you. The baby bump is ginormous now!|
Not only that, but we encounter others. When I drive, my typical form interacting with other people is by shaking my head and muttering when other drivers don't use a turn signal or ignore other basic traffic laws. But when we walk, we are able to greet other people. Sometimes, these brief encounters don't seem to matter much, but other times, they make an impact. There's a middle-aged man who lives nearby. We usually wave and say hi! but don't even know his name. A few weeks ago, he told us that he has cancer, and we've been praying for him ever since. On one occasion, a nice old lady happened to reach a crosswalk at the same time as us, and we started casually chatting. As it turns out, we realized that she is a good friend of our neighbor, and we had briefly met one time months beforehand.
While driving in a car is convenient (and, at times, fairly necessary), I think that I miss out on some beautiful gifts when I'm stuck inside the car. We live in a wondrous world, surrounded by incredible people, and if I'm focused on my own schedule (and the clock) as I zoom down roads, I often forget to acknowledge God's amazing work. Take a walk sometime, and open your eyes to see the world in a new light. I honestly don't think you'll be disappointed at what you find!