I was especially looking forward to today’s walk/run for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve been exercising indoors for the past few days due to the weather, and secondly, I was giddy about trying out my new Craig’s List find…an Ipod Shuffle.

So, off I went! Instead of subjecting the Poinsettia neighbors to my “Couch to 5K” attempt, I decided to give them a break and head to the mega parking lot close by. It’s wide, open, and spacious. I didn’t realize just how wide, open, and spacious it really was until the song “Shout Unto God” began playing on the Shuffle.

Although the moment is hard to recapture, it was as if glory itself was enveloping me from every direction. The vastness of the sky almost took my breath away (and believe me, I needed every breath I could get at that point). Now, along with that visual, imagine hearing the closing chorus to “Shout Unto God” streaming through the ear buds. It was a sensory overload — but one I wouldn’t trade for the world. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, check out the video above.

Eric Liddell said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure. “

Well, I also believe God me for a purpose, and I’m pretty certain it was not to go fast, but rather to slow down and to raise my awareness of His constant presence.

And when I do, I feel His pleasure… like today.