The purpose of our walk will determine the pace and speed of steps and the urgency will govern our effort. When we are late we rush and if we have minutes to spare we may amble and stop along the way. People that walk to keep fit vary their pace so to ensure that they keep their heart rate up. We walk without thinking about walking, and I suspect we take a lot for granted. Recently, walking with my two year old granddaughter made me realise how important walking is, and I related this to my spiritual walk too.
Young believers are a bit wobbly until they find foundational truths upon which they grow faith and a relationship with Yeshua. Then reach an age when we mature and walk in wisdom, understanding and knowledge. To reach this stage we may have had to hike up rocky paths, take walks that seemed to never end and learn to strengthen our spiritual being to stay on the right path. However, walking with my granddaughter has made me realise that I have lost the joy of walks with Yeshua along the way.
A two year old has new eyes, and sees things for the first time that awe them as they discover and exciting little things. Walks with her can’t be rushed because then we would miss the flowers, bugs, ants and seedpods. No, we need to linger and investigate while collecting information in wonderment at the creation around us. She stops at a lavender bush and asks, “Nanna Birdie, what is this one?” I take a leaf and rub it between my fingers and the scent of lavender fills the air. She becomes excited and filled with wonderment, she sniffs the leaf and declares, “That is awesome! I want some.” Right there, she wants some of what I have shown her. Do you get excited about things in your walk with Yeshua and ask for some? The sad thing is that for years I have walked passed that bush and not stopped to smell a leaf, not been blessed by the scent contained within the leaf – something I took for granted. How many blessings, gifts and promises do we pass in our reading of the Word, do we pass when we shrug off encouragement?
My precious one hears the sound of a bird, she will stop and look up. A feather in the grass is investigated, a butterfly followed with fascination and awe at the beauty and flight. She flaps her arms and will sing her own song about flying in the sky like a ‘butterby’. Do we hear and actually stop to listen or do we rush on? She has made me realise that taking a walk is an adventure, a discovery. It is a time to observe and listen, a time of wonderment and awe at the creation around her. She will often look up at me, touch my hands and say, “Nanna, fly like butterby with me.” She wants to dance with me, sing with me and I don’t care what the world thinks, I flap my arms and sing with her twirling and laughing while we are on our walk. Our Father is a lovingly-committed Father and He gave His all for us, and He loves us to dance and sing with Him. He desires us to enjoy His creation. I am not suggesting we should stop every time we see a flower, but we need to check our spiritual walk. Is your walk with Elohim rushed, more like a timed march to the sound of a worldly drum? Is it prattle time when we rush off lists of demands? Do we stop to listen or heed His answers? Do we see the beauty of what He has prepared for us or is that lost in the hurry of the day?
We need to stop to discover treasures in the Word, we need to ask YHWH, “Father, what is this one?” We need to walk and become excited when we realise or discover something asking, “Can I have some?” We need to become excited in our innermost being by the realisation that He loves more than words can tell. It is important that we find that undistracted, quiet place to amble with Him, to learn to stop and listen. To ask Him to dance with you, be a butterfly.
YHWH walked in the garden with Adam, this was a time of sharing and relationship building. Adam would have spoken to YHWH about the creation, asked what is this one? Walking with Yeshua implies just that, with – together not alone. When my granddaughter tugs at my hand and tells me she wants to go for a walk she will say, “Come Nanna, let’s go for a walk please. Come Nanna.” Sometimes she will even try and put on my shoes for me. She waits at the door and does not go off on her own, she will take my hand and walk with me. If she does wander ahead she stops and looks back to make sure I am there. When she feels unsafe or threatened she knows that I am there, that I will protect her at all costs – she is mine and I love her unconditionally. She doesn’t scream or panic, she runs up to me with her arms out stretched and tells me she needs a ‘cuggle’. When she is tired she will ask to be carried. This is the third and biggest lesson I have learnt about walking with my Father.
This darling little girl knows that I love her, she does not question my love she does not doubt my love, she just knows it! Oh that I would have the same faith in YHWH!!!!! Why don’t I consider the Father’s love in this way? Yeshua said that we should have the faith of a child and for years I have battled to understand what this may mean. For me the penny has dropped. It is accepting that unconditional love, it is knowing that we are precious to Him, that Yeshua has died for us. It is knowing that we are the chosen bride of Christ and the set-apart people. We need to walk like a child, in awe and wonderment at what has been planned for us, trusting without question that our Father will never leave us, will dance with us and share His knowledge with us when we ask for ‘some’.
I know that as my granddaughter grows up our walks will change and conversations will be different, but that is the process of maturing. I will never be too old to dance with her though, never too old to smell flowers together and never too old to love her. Besides I have a baby grandson that is going to want to discover the lavender bush – how exciting!!
YHWH, I thank you Father for children who remind us that we need to be like them and have childlike faith. Will You dance with me, and make my heart like a child’s again so that I can be full of wonderment at the plans You have for me. I want to be filled with joy as I discover, rediscover and walk in Your ways, knowing that You are always near, always watching and always loving.