Friday, May 19, 2006

Walking

  footprints.gif  Jesus invites us every day to walk with Him.  Amazing!  And many days I happily join Him.  Fall right into step beside Him.  It is joy.  It is peace.  It is comfort.  It is adventure. 

And then there are the days when I feel out of sorts and blah and more or less respond to his invitation with "Oh, just let me sit here and ruminate!  I am tired of walking."  At first it feels good, but sooner or later I am sad, or upset or lonely.  I find myself wondering what could have been that day.  Or running; running to catch up.

On the days when we're walking together, sometimes my Lord will stop to point something out to me.  Often I'll be patient, listening to His voice, awaiting what He desires to reveal.  Other times I'll jump the gun and dart off in the direction he motions to, without a thought....without a prayer.  And I loose out on an opportunity to grow, to learn, to join Him in something bigger than I.  

On some walks, I let my attentions wander or dawdle off after something that has caught my eye.  Soon I realize that Jesus is not so near.  Or I find myself stuck in the mud, surrounded by brambles and briars.  I fuss and strive and kick around, looking to find my way back to the good path.  Just when I am becoming discouraged and grow still and quiet, I hear Him.  I hear the Masters voice calling, leading me out of the wilderness and to Him.

There are times on our walks when the Lord has to go before me.  The way is steep and hard.  He proceeds me to make sure there is solid footing.  When I stay close and try to match each step I make into His own, all goes well.  But other times I lag behind.  Soon I find myself at a place where I cannot determine how to proceed.  But right on time, just before complete despair, there comes my Shepherd!  Extending His hand.  Retrieving this lamb.  Setting my feet back upon the Solid Rock.    

 

17 comments:

  1. I loved that!  (and needed to hear it!)  :)

    Hugs,
    Gwynn

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  2. Very nice and true for me too entry. Paula

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  3. That was a needed Word for me today.  Thanks for sharing.   I'm having a real hard time giving Him control right now....  http://journals.aol.com/inquestoftruth/FromFatToFixed/
    ~Meg

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  4. Yes and now if I can only believe it and respond the way I should. You are so right some days are much harder than others. Sandra

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  5. dreamingbrwneyesMay 19, 2006 at 11:34 AM

    I needed this today..... So often I forget he's walking beside me and listening. Thank You!!!
    Hope you have a lovely day...
    ~ Jenny

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  6. Good entry today. Helen

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  7. man i feel like a sitting duck right now
    thank you for this entry
    take care
    emily

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  8. Those are peaceful and comforting thoughts.     You have put the feeling to words so well.     The graphic is splendid.     mark

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  9. I know that kind of walking. I think we all do it. But there are times when I know he is carrying me... when I am like a small child desiring to be in his arms because I am afraid of standing on my own two feet. And other times, I feel like I am dancing with Him, and He turns me around to walk before Him because He knows I can. Walking with the Lord takes on many appearances, but I know this. I could never walk this earth alone. Great entry Barb. bea

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  10. Lovely entry barb, so peaceful and inspiring. I thank God He walks with us and somewtimes even carys us thru this life.

    GBU
    Hugs,
    angelrose

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  11. Barb,
    This is a great entry and it reminds me of YHWH leading the Israelites through the desert in Exodus.

    Be well,
    Charley
    http://journals.aol.com/cdittric77/courage

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  12. BARBARA,
                      YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH.
         ONCE WE HAVE SINCERELY ACCEPTED JESUS AS OUR PERSONAL SAVIOR AND LORD, HE WILL NEVER ALLOW THE DEVIL TO HAVE POSSESION OF US. HE KNOWS THAT OUR CONCIENCE WILL GET US BACK ON TRACK. HE KNOWS IF WE WERE SINCERE WHEN ACCEPTING HIM AS SAVIOR.
         IF NOT CERTAIN IF AN ACTION WAS A SIN, BEST GO AHEAD AND DO SOME LAWYER TYPE PRAYING.- - - ' IF IN FACT THIS DID HAPPEN THOUGH NO WITNESS HAS CAME FORWARD' - - - ( GOD IS FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST),  JESUS OF COURSE KNOWS WHAT IS IN OUR HEART AND WILL NOT HESITATE TO FORGIVE AFTER SHOWING REMORSE FOR BACKSLIDING.
       PRAY DIRECTLY TO JESUS. HE IS OUR ONLY MEDIATOR.          SAM

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  13. Barbara that is just perfect.  When I get frantic or feel like I am forcing myself to do something..... I really don't feel Jesus' presence. And I'm so traumatized that I forget him when I need him the most! If I just stay calm and let him sort it out for me then not only the big things work themselves out, but the tiny little daily stuff goes smoother too! I know Jesus is the key, I just lose my keys sometimes.

    Big Hugs and Blessings!  
    Darlene

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  14. hello friend thank you first for the prayers it means so much to me I just love the entry very true and me sometimes hope you have a great week God bless kelley

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  15. (smiles) your faith is so encouraging. Sometimes we forget that if we open our hearts, He's right there ready and waiting to guide us.
    The picture makes me think of "Footprints" about walking with God and finding that at the hardest times in our life he's carrying us. I'm pretty certain he must have a bad back for carrying me so long. I feel so undeserving of His love sometimes. Its difficult to get back on track, to find that solid ground.

    Shermeen xx
    http://journals.aol.co.uk/shermeen0621/PublicThoughts/

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  16. Great entry Barbara!

    Terra

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  17. Decided to read your 'walk' entry again.
    Richard

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