Oh for a closer walk with God
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb! – W. Cowper
Y’all know my affinity for the image of “walking with God.” I love the line in Genesis 3:8 about God walking in the garden of Eden “at the time of the evening breeze.” But as I look out my window and see the ice formed on the window and the temperature gauge reads below freezing, the idea of a walk outside with God loses some appeal. And I can’t imagine a walk in an enclosed shopping mall is what God had in mind for Adam in the garden.
Just as this morning’s walk is fraught with difficulties, so is any kind of walk with God in these hectic and harried days. When people exasperate us, work wearies us, children fret, relatives annoy, and our best-laid plans fall to pieces then how do we still walk with God? The tidal waves of demands and worries are crashing all around us, and we need more than a plank of dogma to sustain us and carry us to safety on most days in this time of convenience.
The good news is it is that very daily walk with God is the very life raft we need. If God becomes a conscious presence in your life and an indwelling force he will lift your soul above the fray and carry you away from the tsunami called modern life. That’s why we meditate daily — to remember the comfort he brings us each and every day.
I think I need to bundle up and brave the elements. A good dose of his love will keep me warm where it counts – in my heart and in my soul.