Opening the door late last fall, it flung wide from a great gust of wind as I called back to my husband that I was going for a walk.
"Really? Are you sure?"
"Absolutely! It's the best time to do it!"
Donning my chicken rain boots and Mickey Mouse poncho, I strapped the leash onto my little dog, who for all the world had the frightened look of Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" with all the wind, and off we went. He and I took a stroll through our chaotic neighborhood with downed tree limbs and flooded yards. It was the middle of Hurricane Irene.
As we walked, wind whipping through my hair, I thought about the picture I may have made to anyone peering out of their blinds: 30-something-year old, chicken galoshes, waterlogged little doggy and Mickey on my back. And I just didn't care in that moment. Do you have any idea how deliciously free that walk felt? Feeling the elements up close and personal, the slightest fringe of the breath of God Himself rushing past me? Glorious.
Have you felt that these days? Is there something you have been longing to do but you've been held back by convention? I'm just going to be blunt here. Let it go. If it's not contrary to God's will for you and for other people, why not give it a try?
So here is your permission to: take a walk in a hurricane, roll wildly down a grassy hill to see if you can make it all the way to the bottom, join a group of children in a softball game, laugh loud and hard till you're red-faced and can't breathe, raise your hands high during a worship service and love unabashadely.
Now get out there and LIVE!
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