R.C. and I regularly go for walks together. Most mornings we get up before the kids and walk for exercise, but we also enjoy just taking strolls together in the evening. While walking, we like to hold hands. Since we hold hands, we have to step with certain legs so that our arms can swing comfortably for each of us. Our steps must be in sync for us to walk and hold hands, and because we hold hands it is much easier to keep our steps in sync.
Also, we take turns determining our route for that day. However, because we walk as one, we don’t have to tell each other the route before hand. We simply stay in step with each other and respond to even the slightest change in direction. We can go on a whole walk and not say one word to each other, yet we stay as one the whole way. There is communication happening, just not verbal. We move as one, aware of and responding to each other.
If we do happen to get out of step or start to go in different directions, we easily get back in step with each other because we are holding hands, and because we want to be walking together. Either I wait on him, or he waits on me. Either I fix my steps to his, or he fixes his steps to mine, but within seconds we are back in sync.
Last summer, some of our plans fell apart, and I wasn’t sure exactly what to do. Anytime I would try to spend time with the Lord, the only thing I could think about was this situation. It was all I could talk to Him about. I was desperate to figure out what I needed to do. Should I go this way or that? Should I stay right where I was and weather it, or should I be doing something to get out of it. I just didn’t know what to do, and I was stressed out.
Finally, I heard the Lord speak ever so gently, “Abide in Me.”
He didn’t tell me to go this way or that. He didn’t tell me to stay or get out of it. He brought me back to Himself, and the next morning as R.C. and I were walking, the Lord showed me how my only concern is to stay in step with Him. To let Him hold my hand, and to hold onto His. To keep my steps in sync with His, and I will be able to respond to even the slightest change in direction. To keep my eyes fixed on Him, and He will be faithful to direct me.
He will be faithful.
He will direct me.
He will lead this walk.