11th July 2011

When We Walk With The Lord

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (TNIV) 

My husband and I generally walk a mile and a half into town and back, three or four times a week. This is partly for our health—sunshine, fresh air and exercise, but we also enjoy the quiet companionship as we walk together, and each other’s company as we chat over a cup of coffee before we walk home. 

I often find myself meditating in silent prayer, musing about the purpose and meaning of life’s various aspects from the miraculous birth of a baby, to the sad deaths of natural disasters. 

But sometimes I find myself totally absorbed in my own little world of worry, regret or great plans for the future. And on these occasions I may miss: 

The Joy of the beauty around me, the blue sky above, the sun on my back, or the songs of birds in the trees. 

I may miss the Love gained and given through sharing a smile with those waiting at the bus stop, picking up dropped shopping for an old lady or stepping back to let someone in a hurry pass.

I may miss the Empathy of comforting a crying child, or saying a prayer for the occupant of a passing ambulance. 

In short, I may miss the heart of God! So in the words of a well-known hymn, “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory he sheds on our way!” “Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do; where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.” 

Father in Heaven, in my Christian walk, may I share the heart and love of God.

Study by Nancy Silcox

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