Monday, January 4, 2016

Walking with God

I read the passage about Enoch yesterday, in the book of Genesis. Enoch is unique in the Bible as the only human who didn't die. Enoch lived a good long, faithful life, and then was taken directly by God, presumably to Heaven. (Though the Bible doesn't say specifically where God took Enoch, Heaven is a good guess.)

The Bible says Enoch walked faithfully with God. Not sat, or kneeled, or bowed down...walked. Enoch sounds like my kind of guy.

I am a little on the hyperactive side, and sitting with others is not easy for me. I like to do things with others. I love to bike, ski, kayak, run... but especially I like to walk. If I am walking with someone, my mind opens and I am able to more easily share what's on my heart. Sit me down in front of someone, and my mind freezes and vocal cords spasm. Put me on a walk, especially in a beautiful place, and everything changes. The floodgates of relationship are released.

Probably, that was what Enoch and God felt. They walked together, communed, grew to know each other in a companionable journey together. I imagine it is just a symbolic word. I doubt God literally walked with Enoch.

But I like the picture it creates in my mind. Ambling along at a quiet, slow pace, encountering what lies before me with God right there...right at my side. Our destination is mutually agreed upon. When I stumble, He reaches out and steadies me. When I fall, He picks me up and binds my wounds. When I grow too weary to travel on, He sits beside me, and then encourages me to continue.

I may not see Him, but that is exactly where He is. Right beside me. Walking with me. My desire this year is that I would continue to walk with Him, all the way to journey's end.

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

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