“Walking with God,” Stan began, “at least for me, is more than just a mental thing.”
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“My walk with God,” Stan replied, “my faith walk, is, of course, focusing on Him with all of my heart and all of my mind, but it also includes physical walking.”
“I find,” he continued, “that some of the most rewarding times for me to hear God’s voice is when I’m walking with Him in a quiet place.”
“It’s pretty busy around here,” I replied. “How do you find a quiet place to do that?”
“I was amazed at how many quiet places there are,” Stan said, “once God made it clear to me that’s what He wanted. He opened up a whole world of quiet places I had never seen before. And He continues to do it.”
“Seek and you shall find!” I replied with a smile. “Is that it?”
“Kind of,” Stan said. “If I am open to following, God will lead me to where He wants me to be so we can talk.”
“Do you go on that sort of walk every day?” I asked.
“Yes and no,” Stan replied. “Yes, I spend quiet time with Him each morning, but, no, it does not always involve going somewhere out of the house to walk. He leads me to a quiet place of His choice. Usually it’s the familiar place of my desk, but sometimes I hear God say, ‘Let’s go for a walk’. When He does that, I know there’s something He really wants to talk about with me!”
Concluding, he said, “When I hear God say that, I drop everything and head out of the door to where He has for us to walk together. And talk. And listen.”
He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you want to walk with me, and that you want me to walk with you in every aspect of my being. Thank you, too, that you lead me to where you want for us to walk together so we can talk, and so I can listen to all you have to say. I confess that too often I do not choose to walk with you because it’s too hard to find a quiet place or I want to do something else. Please forgive me for the foolishness of not pursuing the opportunity to walk with you. And please, Father, help me in following every step of you lead so that when you say, “Let’s go for a walk”, I take full advantage of the wonderful privilege of being able to walk with you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: What does it look like to go for a walk with God? Is it difficult to find a quiet place where you can walk together? Have you asked Him where He wants to walk, and what He wants to talk about? Ask Him and He will lead. Will you follow?