My momma used to say I walk like I’m going to a fire. She was right.
I still walk that way. Except when I’m with him.
He walks slow. S—L—O—W—.
(He swears he walks fast at work. Must be all the coffee.)
During the three decades we’ve been together I’ve tried to change how he walks. I’ve started out beside him holding his hand, quickening the pace thinking he would speed up. I’ve started out in front, shouting “Come on” over my shoulder. Sometimes I just leave him and go on my way.
Two things I’ve learned:
- He ain’t gonna walk fast. Ain’t. Gonna. Happen. Unless there’s a real fire and then he would run to it and into it and through it if need be ’cause that’s how he is.
- Walking slow is good. Dare I say sometimes better than walking fast? I’m learning to like it.
- You can identify someone a mile away by how they walk.
You can, can’t you? Way before you can see their face, you know their walk. You can identify a child on a playing field, or a uniformed soldier, or a loved one in a crowd just by their walk.
A walk is a funny thing, too. A bench in the mall provides hours of observation and entertainment. You’ll see gliding, bouncing, shuffling, striding, galloping, tottering, limping—all kinds of walking.
We have a spiritual walk, too. Our spiritual walk refers to our everyday conduct as believers in Jesus Christ.
John commended his readers’ walk (or at least some of them). He rejoiced to find them walking in truth. They were living in a manner, in their everyday ordinary life, pleasing to God.
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
2 John 1:4
I wonder what John would think of my walk? More importantly, what does God think of my walk? Is he rejoicing as He looks on? Am I shuffling along in unbelief? Am I galloping along in my sinful habits? Am I limping along in unforgiveness?
Walk on Water Faith means walking in truth—living in a way that bears witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His redeeming work. This Gospel will transform all who believe and perfect our walk toward Christ-likeness.
So how’s your walk?