How happy is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! Psalm 128:1 (CSB)
Thanks to a North Carolina pastor, every year for the past 5 years, I have selected a single word to be my focus for the year. I have done words in the past such as dream, believe, faithful. This year I felt the need to do a different word. Rather than one based on thought and decision, I wanted a word that involved action and obedience. However, at the same time, I felt God reminding my heart that I need to ride the rhythms of the every day.
If my words were based on my pace of life in the flesh, they could be exhausted, overachieving, overcommitted or my personal favorite… late. Do you find yourself in the spinning web of busyness, impulsiveness and weariness? Where we want to run, God may want us to walk.
This reminds me of the famous Aesop Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. We may think that in the real world the hare beats the tortoise in the race, but spiritually speaking, the tortoise always wins. Think about it, we see pastors and enthusiastic leaders burn out after one year of “big” things… that super mom who wants to be all things to all people and still have a great hair day falls into a deep pit of depression… or that man who retired who was running all of his life for the company and ends up falling down because he doesn’t remember how to walk with God through life.
Back in the beginning of time the Creator Himself valued a walking.
Then the man and his wife heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the breezeof the day, and they hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8 (CSB)
If there was ever an emergency, this was it! Humanity was sentenced to death and separation from God. This would be more than a fire drill of a situation, this would be the real deal. In a moment when we would naturally be running to fix the problem like Adam and Eve frantically attempted, there was God walking in the garden. To walk implies a peace, a steadiness, and a consistency.
When we think about walking with God a lot of unbeliever need to get up and start taking their first steps, however many of us seasoned believers need to slow down because we have not sat down, but we have run ahead of Him. We might be thinking, God where are you? When He actually might be answering, I’m way back here!
When we slow ourselves down for a moment to hear His voice and wait for Him to move with us, our walking becomes relational, productive, and cherished.
Among the Scriptures we find that:
- Walking was following God’s commandments (2 Chronicles 6:31, 1 Kings 8:61)
- Walking was a result of miracles (John 5:8, Genesis 13:17, Matthew 14:26)
- Jesus calls all believers to walk in light, love and by faith (1 John 2:6, Isaiah 2:5, 2 John 1:6, 2 Corinthians 5:7)
This year, I plan on focusing each day as a walk. I pray that the Lord will use this word to shape me into the woman He desires. It is not a matter how many steps we take, but the impact we make with each step. A deeper footprint lasts longer anyways. 🙂