My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you in union with God or just trying to keep up with him? Are you getting into his stride? When you walk with God in prayer do you keep God in sight or is he somewhere down the trail far out of sight?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
My son Dan is a practiced hiker. He reads the trail, not just simply walks it. To him a trail is like a sheet of music and to hike effectively you have to sight read it, always with an eye on where you are and where you’re about to go. He looks for just the right places to plant his feet ahead of where he is, places where he’s less likely to slip. Additionally, he takes great care in determining how his feet are placed as he strides; how the weight of his body rolls off his foot. A practiced hiker like Dan changes his footwork for uphill or downhill. He measures his strides short or long depending upon descents or ascents. Over time he’s learned when to lean back and put the bulk of his weight to the heel for better traction or when to plant his foot evenly for maximum traction. Dan’s always looking for the best ground to step on in order to keep his footing; with the goal in mind to strike the ground lightly, landing on his forefoot or heel depending on the slope of the terrain. To him balance is as important as pace, something most novice hikers have to practice before it becomes second nature as it is to Dan.
To Dan hiking is not just a journey, it’s an experience. He’s in union with the trail, not just walking on it. When hiking with Dan you’d have to get into his stride in order to keep up and keep going.
My friend, it’s no different when you and I walk with God in prayer? He has a spiritual stride that we need to learn. Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers. “It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him—it means getting your second wind spiritually . . . It is difficult to get into stride with God, because as soon as we start walking with Him we find that His pace has surpassed us before we have even taken three steps. He has different ways of doing things, and we have to be trained and disciplined in His ways.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 12)
Genesis 5:24 states. “. . . “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Enoch was a godly man, a man who was concerned with his spiritual walk. Enoch discovered the secret to knowing God was to know his spiritual stride and keep pace. Like Dan, Enoch didn’t just strive to know about God, he strove to look ahead in his life and predicate where he was going based on a faith in and a trust about the pathway he was on. He lived in an atmosphere of godliness that gave him a different perspective on his life’s path. Knowing when and where to spiritually step was second nature to Enoch because his spiritual stride was more important than just finishing the trek. Life may be a journey but it’s a journey God wants us to experience with him by our side and always in sight.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to walk with you in prayer. Forgive us when we get out of practice, abandoning prayer and the spiritual exercise of keeping in your Word. Help us to keep stride with you, always anticipating how you do things and knowing that your way is the best way even when we lack the understanding to do so. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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