During this pandemic have you noticed that walking has become popular again? It has been a lifeline to escape the 4 walls of our homes. To get outside, breathe in some fresh air and get our bodies moving has made all the difference.
I love to walk. For me it helps me clear my head and refocus. I often come back a better person than when I left.
When I go with friends I don’t notice what is happening around me, the time or how far we’ve walked as I’m fully there connecting & engaging with my friend. We share our lives, our highs and lows and help each other through them. I believe God wants us to connect with people like this but more importantly He wants to connect with us like this.
I looked up the word ‘walk’ and it means to move at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once. It can also mean to guide, accompany or escort (someone) on foot.
So walking requires action, we can’t do it sitting down. We have to choose to get up and move. If we don’t we won’t get anywhere. Walking brings many health benefits both physically and mentally.
I decided to look up what the bible said about walking. In the NKJV the word ‘walk’ is listed 38 times. Did you know that God likes to walk? In Genesis 3:8 it says ‘they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden…’. Wow how amazing is that, I would of loved to have walked in the Garden of Eden with God. Unfortunately Adam & Eve were too busy hiding from God to enjoy spending time walking with Him.
Another two verses that caught my eye about walking were also in Genesis.
These two men pleased God and found favour with God because they faithfully and obediently walked with him.
What does it mean to walk with God?? To me it means He is my constant companion in my life. I can trust him with everything and know he will be faithful. But I have to choose to ‘take a walk’ with him, share my heart with him and listen to his. It requires action but I know and have seen time and time again that if I do this he will help me and never let me down. We also need to remember to walk alongside others pointing them to God, supporting them, listening and praying.
So today maybe God is saying to you ‘fancy a walk?’
“Those who walk with God, always reach their destination” Henry Ford
Written by Becky McLaren