Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Since God uses our alone time to remind us that he’s in control of our lives–do you walk with deliberateness and uprightly in his presence, or do you run ahead, ignoring where he wants you to go?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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Every weekday morning now for over 35 years I have employed a morning walk. In the beginning it was merely for the sake of exercise as I had been motivated by a book on exercise the publisher I worked for at the time had just published. The early forms of that walk were quite different than they are today. Since I was focusing on exercise I experimented with several different modes of walking. In the beginning I chose jogging since that was all the rage at the time. It wasn’t long before I discovered that this was impractical especially during the winter season since the roads weren’t in good shape. I decided to race walk or fast walk after that. That proved to be hard on my hips and knees and I was continually sore. So, I spent several months biking instead. Once again, that didn’t prove universally practical and I ended up just walking at a fast but safe pace. I’ve continued that for decades through two knee surgeries, cancer surgery and now heart disease. The exercise is still a focus of why I do it as I’ve walked, jogged and biked over 2,000 miles since I started so long ago. But there is another factor that has become the primary reason I’m motivated to walk in the morning: I’ve found it’s the ideal time to pray, praise and give thanks. And, it seems, this is done most practically when I walk apace as opposed to running or biking.
God uses those morning walks to remind me of something so very important to every believer–when we walk with him deliberately and uprightly, no matter the weather or our emotional state that day, he will guide us and direct us. All we need to do is walk.
Here’s a story. “Duties are ours, events are God’s; When our faith goes to meddle with events, and to hold account upon God’s Providence, and beginneth to say, ‘How wilt Thou do this or that?’ we lose ground; we have nothing to do there; it is our part to let the Almighty exercise His own office, and steer His own helm; there is nothing left for us, but to see how we may be approved of Him, and how we roll the weight of our weak souls upon Him who is God omnipotent, and when we thus essay miscarrieth, it shall be neither our sin nor our cross.” (Samuel Rutherford, quoted in Prodigals and Those Who Love Them, Ruth Bell Graham, 1991, Focus on the Family Publishing, p. 106.)
The prophet Isaiah writes. “. . . but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31). You and I are thrill seekers by nature. That’s the reason I chose jogging, race walking and biking over walking in the first place. In doing so, however, the thrill and the effort to maintain it filled my quiet time with me and left little room to recognize God’s presence in that special time of the morning. When we walk with God we find that he will direct us without our asking since we’re not busy directing ourselves down pathways we thought were the right ones. By taking ourselves out of these moments, God fills them up with himself and his direction becomes obvious and we are not subject to the feint of too much asking.
We pray. Thank you Lord for directing us in those quiet moments of our lives that we so often try to fill up with activity that you do not need or desire. We seek you often in our active moments, but seem to find that there is so much of us crowding out the so much of you. Forgive us Father when we neglect to slow down enough in living to find out how much of life we’re missing by not being guided by you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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