Five Minute Friday: Wide

It’s Friday and, once again, I’m joining Lisa-Jo for Five Minutes of spilling our thoughts onto the virtual page. If you have five minutes to spare to write or read or leave a word of encouragement for someone else, hop on over to Lisa-Jo’s and join in. Thanks for stopping by, and please excuse any quirks on the blog. She’s in the middle of a makeover.


      1. Write for 5 minutes flat ā€“ no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.


      2. Link back here and invite others to join in.



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Today’s Prompt: Wide

I have a thing for wooded paths. I didn’t realize it until I looked through iphoto and realized many of my photos are of wooded lanes and walking paths. I looked at my pinterest boards and noticed the same pattern. I love the mystery of the path, the walking into hidden depths under the cover of leaves and birdsong. In spite of the mystery, paths feel safe. A covering above and a carpet below. A predetermined place to put your feet, to keep walking until you reach the end.

I don’t take as many photos of open fields. I don’t love them in the same way. There is something about the expanse of sky and ground, the wide open space, and the ability to see everything that is coming your way. It unsettles me. My husband says we live our lives running the field, running into wide and free spaces with distant boundaries. We have an entire field to run. When the path I’m walking feels too narrow, it’s time to head into the fields. I want to look at what’s coming across the field and not shrink from it, but open my arms wide to the possibilities.





  • I love this! The images accompany the words perfectly. I also feel unsettled by open fields, and dislike moors for that reason. The openness seems bleak to me, I like to know where my boundaries are. (there’s probably deep psychological reasons for that!) I do like paths, and I do like the wideness of the sea – (perhaps it’s the being near the shore, another good boundary. ) Sometimes it feels scary to go where there are no boundaries, but there is a freedom there too. Love your writing, keep doing it, sister. xx

    • Kimberly

      Thanks so much for your encouragement. Truly.

  • It’s interesting to me that wide spaces can unsettle some and be a comfort to others. Today I wrote about how those wide open spaces give me comfort because I see in them the vastness of God’s love for me.

    I love what you said at the end – When we’re feeling caged in by a path – getting out in the open and face what’s coming with open arms. It’s a great imagery.

    I’m so glad I stopped by!

    • Kimberly

      Thanks for stopping by, Jolene:) I’ll pop in at yours and read about your wide open spaces.

  • “There is something about the expanse of sky and ground, the wide open space, and the ability to see everything that is coming your way. It unsettles me.”

    i love wide open spaces, partly b/c they remind me of the vastness of my God. but, when i read this, i thought ” it should unsettle me each and every time i encounter and reflect upon the infinite vastness of God… if his unending bigness in every sense of the word didn’t unsettle me, I think i’d have to be worried!

    • Kimberly

      Well, now you have me thinking, Richelle:) Thanks for stopping by.

  • LOVE that first photo! Inspiring, peaceful start to this morning!

  • Really enjoyed this.

  • I really wanted to jump into your first photo and explore that path…I love paths, and I also love being near the ocean since I grew up in California…at least within driving distance of the ocean…lovely post…Happy Friday, Kimberly šŸ™‚

  • I can totally relate. I also tend to stick to paths because they’re steady and mostly predictable. Wide open fields don’t paths, you have to blaze your path and there might be mistakes. It’s taken me a long time to realize that blazing your own path through the field is sometimes the one God meant you to take. Great Five Minute Friday. Thanks!