It was snowing an inch and hour. Especially a bit north of us, in the “Snow Belt.” But I didn’t want to stay inside. Our church’s Staff team had plans to observe a special day of prayer. And because I often pray best while I’m walking out in nature, I really wanted to go for a snowy walk in the woods!
So I drove — you guessed it — North. To the trails surrounding Chippewa Creek in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Traffic on the highways was slowed significantly, and even at that it felt a bit perilous at times. I saw a car 300 meters ahead of me lose control, veer off the roadway at a 45-degree angle, and slam into the concrete divider in the middle of Ohio Route 8 at about 40 miles per hour. Amazingly, he bounced off the wall and kept going, seemingly undeterred.
And so did I.
I don’t have any regrets about making the drive, though, because I reached my destination without incident and had a lovely — albeit rather cold and wet — time hiking and praying. The snow made everything calm and bright. A perfect setting for my soul to connect with my Creator.
Our church is still praying about a potential church plant. We’re still trying to figure out exactly who to send, where to send them to, and when it all might happen. The picture is slowly but surely coming into focus. Still, we’re trying to listen carefully at each phase in the process.
The Bible reminds us that “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry” (Isaiah 55:10). My snowy walk in the woods helped me to remember that He’s going to guide our church-planting process, too.