Let me start by saying, I had no crazy adventures this weekend. I do hope you keep reading though. After two weekends of traveling and plans for the next month or so, I decided to stay back and explore Netherlands. I wanted to go to two different cities but ended up only going to one, and didn’t do any sight seeing. It was relaxing though.
In the midst of doing homework today, I felt the need to go for a bike ride. I have not gotten any exercise here as of yet, and by that I mean running. There is no treadmill in the gym and I have yet to get my ass moving to run outdoors. Biking is all I’ve got.
About 15 minutes away from the Castle is a dirt road to the lake. A walking and biking path goes around the lake so you could exercise and admire the pure blue sky reflecting on the calm waters. There are picnic benches along the path as well. As I rode, I listened to Island ECC’s sermon last week titled “Coming and Going.” It was perfect listening and meditating to God’s word while biking through God’s stunning creation.
Coming and going. That’s what we do every day, we rush around, keeping our schedule busy leaving no time to stop and appreciate whats around us. “International tourism world wide in 2010 is close to 1 billion… 20 million of those are from China and Hong Kong.” That’s incredible. It’s also mind-blowing knowing although there are that many people privileged enough to travel, there are so much more living on poverty trying to stay alive day by day.
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6: 30-31
This passage spoke to me today. My life has slowed down a lot since Hong Kong and Boston. I never thought I’d be this calm about living in a suburban small town but I’ve felt God’s peace since the very moment I stepped onto the grounds of the castle. With that being said, He is still calling me to go further away, away from the castle on my own to meditate on His teachings. God’s probably thinking to himself, knowing her normal schedules in HK and Boston, I’ll have to lead her one step at a time this semester.
Today, I took an extra step.