I went on a walk in the mountains with God and a book was born!
TODAY I took a walk in the mountains. There were two routes I could choose from. I could follow the red arrows or I could follow the yellow arrows. Underneath the yellow arrow was this description: ‘A slow stroll or jog lasting approximately one hour.’ The red arrow had this description: ‘A very difficult walk along a narrow path lasting approximately an hour and an half.’ Red is the universal sign for danger and because I wanted a relaxed and enjoyable walk, I chose the yellow path. It also happened to be downhill most of the way! I had also not come prepared and was wearing sneakers instead of hiking boots. The difference about this walk from all other walks I have taken, was that I consciously and verbally invited God to walk beside me before I started the walk. I asked Him to help me be aware of His presence as I walked.
If we walk with Him, God promises the following to us in Proverbs 2:7: ‘He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.’ God also said that if we asked Him: ‘He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’ There is a beautiful passage in Isaiah 30:18 that says: ‘Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!’ Sometimes in this journey of life we tend to rush ahead and leave God behind. We need to remember to wait for Him. The passage from Isaiah continues: ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’.’ If we wait for God we will hear His voice telling us in which direction to go. This is exactly what God says in Jeremiah 6:16: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ In other words when we are not sure what to do and we are standing at a crossroad in our life, we need to search God’s Word for the direction He wants us to take.
Extract from All God’s Stones