It was a year ago. I woke up early on a Sunday morning, ready to go to church, when Mom stopped me and said that we were skipping church that day. My mom never likes it when we skip church, so I knew there had to be a good reason, but when she said we were going to go to Turkey Run instead I knew she must be joking!
Turkey Run is a state park. A thick forest that is absolutely gorgeous in the middle of October. Or, at least, that's what I was always told. I hadn't ever been able to go myself to know for sure. The thought of going to a park on a Sunday morning instead of church sounded like the most ridiculous thing. But I didn't ask any questions, I just zipped up my jacket, grabbed my camera, and followed my family out the door.
We arrived after about an hour long drive, and we immediately started our adventure. Over muddy trails, under the tree limbs, covered in autumn leaves that would fall slowly around us like fiery rain. Pushing the baby stroller over the steep hills, and walking across the long wooden bridge.
We stopped at an especially beautiful place in the park, right next to the river, and took a moment to just pray and appreciate the absolute beauty of God's creation.
I remember this time last year being a particularly difficult time for me and my whole family. It was a time of confusion and change. Dad was looking for a job, and there was a very large chance that we would be moving, but where we were supposed to go, we didn't know. I didn't know how I felt about anything, I was sort of numbing my heart to everything that was going on, hoping that I would wake up and it would all be a dream.
As we stood there in the middle of the woods praying, oblivious to the joggers and hikers that passed us by, I knew that everything would be okay. In the end we would still have each other, and God was in control.
I still can't believe it's been a year already!
We're still where we were a year ago. Shortly after our day at Turkey Run, Dad got a job offer completely out of the blue, and it was even closer to home than where he had been working before. Whenever I think about how that all worked I'm just amazed!
I'm still unsure about a whole lot of things in my life. So much has changed, I've changed, and I think it's for the better. Sometimes I wonder what will happen before next October, but I'm not as scared as I used to be.
Life's an adventure, like a hike through Turkey Run, and I'm going to take it one step at a time, trusting whatever God has in store for me.