| Jun 19, 2013
Day Six — Board Meeting in Tigard, OR
0 miles walked today
119 miles to go
During my service as president of Medical Teams International, I have attended more than 50 meetings of the board of directors. Today, I attended my final board meeting—a bittersweet experience.
This evening, board members from throughout the years I served with the organization came together for a wonderful farewell dinner. It was a great joy to join with these board members in celebrating God’s grace and blessing on our organization and to recognize with them how God has used the work we have done together to touch the lives of so many people.
While today's meetings were a great encouragement and blessing to Lynn and me, they also prevented me from walking today. I was glad for the break but look forward to resuming my walk again tomorrow.
As I have been walking during the past few days, I’ve noted something interesting. Each day, it takes me longer to complete the distance I plan to walk that day. That’s not because the distance is longer. It's not because I'm walking more slowly. It’s because I find myself stopping more often.
For example, on some of the highways where I walk, people have placed white crosses and personal mementos where people have died in car accidents. When I’m driving, I note these crosses out of the corner of my eye when I pass but I never think of stopping.
Now, I’m not driving past these crosses but I’m walking past them. And, my response is different. I find myself stopping by each cross. I read the name of the person who died, look at the mementos that were left, reflect on their lives and then pray for the family and friends who loved this person.
It’s a privilege to honor the memory of the person who died and to pray for those who are grieving. In fact, it’s a sacred responsibility. When I stop, the ground on which the crosses are placed feels to me like sacred ground.
I’m learning as I walk to open my heart to the present rather than to be preoccupied with where I’ve been or where I’m going. As I do so, God appears in unexpected and surprising places, like the white crosses on the side of the highway. It's in these places that I hear God's voice and feel his presence. And, it's because I'm stopping along the way.
Tomorrow I start walking again. I can’t wait to see how God shows up.