Forget jogging, swimming, and weightlifting. Walking is my favorite exercise. It began when I was a child. Walking was a family activity. My sister and I joined our parents in walking around the neighborhood.
My parents continued this practice decades later. During a family visit in 2012, I took my sister’s dog for a walk and my parents tagged along, holding hands as they walked. It was a Kodak moment. At the end of their lives, their body language revealed they still loved each other deeply.
These times of walking were also times for communicating. We talked about our day and whatever came to mind.
Even now, I walk with a friend in a huge, local mall. It takes about 12 minutes to walk one floor. A couple of laps later and we have a full workout. Sometimes we explore the stores to see what they have for sale and make new discoveries that range from bizarre foods to extravagantly expensive clothing.
God also invites us to join in the challenging adventure of walking with Him.
“Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the LORD requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 HCSB
This theme of walking with God appears early in human history. We know very little about Enoch, one of the first people to inhabit the earth, but the Bible says twice, that “Enoch walked with God …” What a legacy!
As we walk with God, we will enjoy the process of discovery, for God has hidden truths for us. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” – Proverbs 25:2
Walking with God is a common theme in scripture and it is celebrated in churches that celebrate believer’s baptism. Pastors and elders often quote Romans 6:4 during baptism. “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
Walking with God is a challenge because we cannot see Him. The Bible reminds us that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” Our Creator constantly requires us to step out of our comfort zones to obey Him during faith-testing trials.
Walking with God is a “family” experience because we are not alone. Our Christian friends are also walking with God too and we should be encouraging each other.
Walking with God is the best way to redeem the time. In a recently broadcast sermon Pastor Jack Hibbs said, “If we walk with God, we will always be on time because our God is always on time.”
Walking with God is also an excellent form of spiritual and physical exercise. We can pray for our neighbors when we walk past their homes. While walking, we can talk to God about our struggles, doubts, desires and fears. He is listening.
Time to start walking …
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