Be Still Know
Psalm 119:3 NLT
‘They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.’
Walking is a way of life for me. I have a pedometer app on my phone and aim to complete 10,000 steps a day. I am mostly successful. Initially I was shocked to discover how few steps my sedentary desk-based life achieved. I built more meditative walks into the rhythm of my day, so my step count increased and my rhythm of prayer improved.
What I enjoy about sitting at my desk is the fact that I can achieve the sort of work that can be ticked off my to-do list. I can respond quickly to emails. I can make and take calls, organise a conversation on Skype and the like. Once I step away from the desk, a form of chaos can descend, since I may be diverted for longer than I intended and fail to re-engage that quickly upon my return. This illustrates the difference between achieving measurable outcomes and finding uncharted space for reflection and prayer.
The psalmist equally commends walking in God’s ways. While this can suggest a set of godly behaviours, it also suggests walking where God walks. It’s here that the adventure truly begins. It is sometimes not a godly action that’s required, it’s occupying a space in a godly way. It’s searching and finding that godly disposition described by Paul in Philippians. It’s learning to imitate God in each and every circumstance, regardless of whether the circumstance seems fair or not.
This was the learning that took me years to embrace as Katey wrestled with her MS. We felt the unfairness acutely, we complained long and loud. Yet, over those difficult years, as if entrapped beneath the ground we mined gold dust; a deeper appreciation of God, of ourselves and of the character of the Christian life. Again it has much to do with perspective. Do I celebrate those years? No, I don’t. If I had the choice, would I have escaped them? Yes, I would. However, neither option was available, so we found God in the very heart of our despair. God was not found wanting for either of us.
QUESTION: What are the challenges you face right now to continue walking with God?
PRAYER: Father, help me hold to the narrow path and cling to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.