What do you think of when I say walking?
Take a moment and think about it…Do you think of a leisurely stroll? Do you think fresh air? Do you think of walking as comfortable and easy?
I have… until today…
I partook in a silent protest. Everyone participating had to remain silent during this protest/stand. In fact, many of us had tape had over our mouths.
What were we doing? Walking…in silence.
As I was walking (in a single file line with over 100 people in the center of Hollywood, Florida) I realized how bold, brave, and difficult walking can actually be.
What do I mean?
As I walked, I made a statement. I realized that when we walk the Christian life we make a statement.
When we walk steadfastly — people are watching.
When we walk faithfully– people will eventually turn their heads.
We walked around a park circle seven times. Each time around was driving our message home. The same is true for our Christian walk. Each year we live we are making another statement with our lives.
Our statement: I believe that Jesus is Lord, and He is the author of my life! He is the conductor of this train!
This year, I have come to see how difficult this walk can be and today I was reminded why.
Psalm 23:4 says,
Even though I WALK through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Isaiah 43:2 says,
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you WALK through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.
There are times in our lives where we walk through hard things. The good news is it says through :)! There is an end. But sometimes before we get “through” we have to remain silent. Yet, in the midst of that silence, our walk speaks louder than our words!
We are also called and commanded to walk–
Micah 6:8 says,
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness, and to WALK humbly with your God…
Deuteronomy 5:33 says,
You shall WALK in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.
We have a life to live and a walk to walk. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. If you feel like walking is too much to handle, just take one step. Once you have taken that step, take another. Focus on one step at a time. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Ask God for strength and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You have God and a cloud of witnesses cheering you on! Ultimately, we are walking towards God 💕
With God we can:
- Walk on the water (Matt 14:29)
- Pick up our mats and walk (John. 5:8)
- Walk and not grow weary (Isaiah 40:31)
- Walk without fear (Psalm 23:4)
- Walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- Walk in love (Ephesians 5:2)
- Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17)
- Walk through the water & fire (Isaiah 43:1-2)
- Walk in God’s ways (Deuteronomy 8:6)
- Walk with God (Micah 6:8)
- Walk in the light (1 John 1:7)
- Walk in truth (Psalm 86:11)
- Walk in a manner worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1)
Be encouraged and keep on walking!