I was surprised I could hear someone walking around in the unit above me.
The concrete high-rise was built in the 1970’s; it can withstand a 7.2 earthquake. So hearing the pounding of the person walking above me was a rare occurrence, and frankly a bit disturbing.
What was going on in the mind of the person in unit #1604 that cause him or her to be walking like an elephant on the run? It wasn’t the pitter patter of little feet, of the dainty clicking noise from a woman’s high heels. This was more like the sound of someone tenderizing a flatiron steak before grilling it. And I don’t want to be the steak!
Walking with God is a delicate process. It’s not a thunder of steps driven by a mission to accomplish great things. Nor is it a timid shuffling of feet to avoid moving forward.
Walking with God for me is a slow, calm, submissive following where I allow God to lead me wherever He thinks we should go, not the other way around. I’m walking forward but not looking ahead. The pace is comfortable and reassuring, and speed is not an issue.
Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.
When I look at the pace of my life, I can often see the inconsistency between my desire to be walking with God and the reality that I’m not. Sometimes, my steps are fast and firm, and my agenda is what goes before me. Other times, my feet meet the floor gently, and I know all is well with God.
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.
Walking with God is something I’m learning. It doesn’t come naturally to go at His pace. The beauty in keeping step with Jesus is that I discover things along the way that I would never have noticed going at my own speed and on my own path. I find along the way, little blooms of peace and kindness. I notice a fragrance in the air that can only be defined by the sacrifice Jesus, His love for me, and His delight that I am taking this moment to walk with Him.
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