65 Celebrations

March 7, 2021 at 10:59 pm | Posted in COVID-19, God is Enough, Health | 8 Comments

By Juel A. Fitzgerald

Today is my sixty-fifth birthday.  I had hoped to have some sort of big celebration for this milestone, but due to Covid-19 any type of social event was not an option.  However, the Holy Spirit gave me a fabulous idea.  I love to be physical; one of my favorites is walking or hiking.  Therefore, it was perfect to do something physical.  “Walk sixty-five days to celebrate sixty-five years of life” I heard.

To walk or hike was especially important to me.  After three hospital stays (two for pneumonia), allergy and eosinophilic asthma complications in 2020 walking was different due to my changed respiration ability.  Walking and hiking did not stop, they were merely reduced considerably and harder to do at the pace I was accustomed to.  Then in November 2020 when the infection numbers sharply increased and the weather got colder all walking with others stopped.  I walked alone inside my home at least five days a week for at least thirty-minutes each time.  My floor is probably developing a grove from my footfalls. Weekly allergy shots and monthly biologics infusions have improved my ability to breathe and move.

Today for the first time since November 2020 I hiked with my husband 3.19 miles in the Garfield Cleveland Metroparks on the hiking trails, not the all-purpose trail.  It was my intention to wear hiking boots and have my hiking stave for the first walk.  My husband and I normally hiked on Sundays as part of our weekly dates.  However, due to my lung issues I did not walk outside in the cold to protect my lungs.  Hiking all year round was our norm until this year.  My husband hiked alone during the week; he needed to stay fit without me.  Our Sunday dates were at home instead; going to movie theaters, restaurants or any other public place were not an option for us.  I was hoping for at least three miles and that is what happened.  With elevation changes, cold, and wind I felt like my normal self. To be on the safe side I did not push it, but I was thrilled.

For the next sixty-four days each day, God willing, I will be walking or hiking.  I am hoping I will get a chance to walk or hike with all my walking/hiking friends at least once during that time.  Many of them I have not seen in over a year due to the pandemic, just on social media.  Also, during that time, I will observe what God wants me to see or learn during those walks.  Today He amazed me at how well my physical body worked after what it has been through.  God showed us an unusual tree in His nature.  One of them looked like it could pick up and walk at any time.  Neither my husband nor I had ever seen this tree before even though we had been at this park many times before.  We laughed because we said, “it is because it moves around at night when no one is looking.”  We ran into a heard of deer resting in the woods, a few were standing.  If it was not for a scampering squirrel, we would have walked by them and not realize they were there watching us pass; they were so quiet.  A red fox ran right below us and ran full blast for a good half mile or more.  He ran too fast for us to catch a snap; we call that trail magic, seeing God in nature but unable to capture it on a camera.  The blue, cloudless, sunny day made picture taking perfect and supplied us with Vitamin D.

Thanks Lord, for these sixty-five days of walking with You and what you will show me.

“So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.”  Ecclesiastes 7:25



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  1. Being in the woods, walking, is the gift, the number of miles is irrelevant.

    • So true. Generally we have low miles because we hike slow and take lots of pictures.

  2. Happy great 65 years, Juel.

    • Thanks Teana. So good to hear from you.

  3. Happy Birthday Juel!

    • Thanks Craig. So good to hear from you.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday! Enjoy your 65-day journey! Blessings!

    • Thanks. It will be fun.

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