For as long as I can remember, a field of wildflowers beckons me to toss my shoes and . . .run. . . or a string of puddles after a heavy rain is a temptation to run through.
. . . do you remember as a child- running with total abandon? How free. No thoughts of where, how or when. You just ran with laughter, with joy. No destination. You ran with pure joy. . .
. . . barefoot. you must be free of shoes to fully enjoy.
Walking and running barefoot seem to be a new ‘in’; it’s a trendy thing. Not only can it cause better foot muscle development for children, it can be beneficial to your heart health and advantageous for joint pain. Who would have thought? You can read many articles on the benefits of going barefoot from the Huffington Post, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-benefits-walking-barefoot_ or https://wellnessmama.com/walkingbarefoot and others. Don’t let some of the new-age concepts/words steal possible health benefits and fun of running free.
So yesterday after all the rains in Middle Tennessee this February month, I did some puddle-jumping! I ran through our yard full of deep puddles. And I laughed. I wish I could run often through the fields, through the puddles with the wonder of a child–looking for more. I know it is there-this place of more; it is not disguised or hidden. But time and toil as an adult rob me of this running, this seeking.
“I run in the path (barefoot) of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:32. I sit in the quiet of mornings, my soul bare, ready to run for the more of wonder for this day, this NOW. It is in the freedom of running in His commands that we find the joy, the more of the moment.
The song, “we are standing on holy ground” always finds me with my shoes off. How can I be here on holy ground with my feet covered in tight leather or canvas? I think I may go barefoot all the time 🙂
You may not be as childish as I! But I encourage you to unshod your heart to be totally free and open to NOW.
Running today. . .
. . . barefoot . . .