GOD IS OUR BEST WALKING COMPANION
I enjoy walking with a partner, but my favorite walks are alone, knowing the Lord is with me, listening, speaking. How is it with you?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Walking with God
I’ve always enjoyed walking, especially in the fall during the annual shedding of the red and yellow leaves of our northern maples, poplars and other deciduous trees. As a kid in Minneapolis, I often walked with my twin sister and friends to Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi River caves. Once we left the city for life on the farm, my twin and I reveled in hiking through our pastures and woods and to town and back. As an adult I joined a walking club, hiked with my son along his winter trap lines and up and down northwestern mountains with my husband.
As much as I liked walking, I always had a destination in mind, unlike my mother whose strolls entailed close scrutiny of the intricacies of nature. She stopped to smell the roses as she strolled along, while I simply inhaled their fragrance as I walked by. But though her steps were slow and measured and mine determined and purposeful, I enjoyed our shared walks.
For thousands of years, walking was the primary mode of transportation. It still is in some parts of the world. The Bible speaks much about walking. We’re told that Enoch, an early patriarch, “walked with God.” Abraham took several long journeys with God. And Moses led the Israelites on a forty-year hike. Because of God’s great love for His people, He made sure they neither wore out their shoes and clothing nor became ill unto death. For forty years. When they obeyed, He blessed them with joy on their journey.
We may not experience the same kind of miracles during our walk with God, but we can be assured of His abiding presence with each step. When we feel abandoned and alone, empty of heart or fearful, we can rely on His promises.
One such promise is given in Isaiah 40:13: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” The twenty-third psalm tells us that though we walk through death’s valley, God is with us. And Jesus said, “He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Depending on our relationship with God at the moment, we may hurry to obey His will or perhaps saunter along while waiting for His next guidance. Either way, as long as we follow Him, we can smell the roses while keeping His destination in mind.
Lord, thank You for Your leading as we walk our life’s path with You. May Your Word and Spirit keep us fully focused on You and filled with joy during our journey. In Jesus’ name, amen.