As far as I’m concerned the vast majority of our life can be considered a walk.
Life doesn’t consistent primarily of the grandiose things that are most often caught by the eye. When we go about the daily grind it’s easy to turn our eyes to see houses, buildings, people getting married, nice cars, and things of the like. Our eyes so easily can see the things that represent status or accomplishment when really purchasing a house, a car, or getting married are the minority of life’s events, yet we allow them to occupy so much of our thought that it can lead to an unhealthy balance.
“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
I’ve caught myself at times wishing the order of events had been changed in this scripture. Thinking, alright, I’ll start off slow with some walking, pick up the pace and bring it to a run, then the Lord will give me a boost and keep me soaring like an eagle! But there’s a very distinct reason this verse is ordered the way it is; because life is a walk that is made up of many small steps with some periods of running and soaring between.
By no mean am I downplaying the greatness of those life steps, but rather am trying to pull attention to what fills the spaces between them. That is to say, the “daily grind”. The daily grind has such a bad reputation to it, but really should be something we look forward to because it speaks greater volumes then the car we drive, the title/position we have, or our relationship status. The daily grind is the best opportunity we have to show who we truly are, but it can be very difficult at times. Jesus even said so himself.
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
And that’s where the walking comes in. Jesus didn’t say impossible is the way, but rather difficult, implying it’ll take hard work and time, but will be far more satisfying then taking the easy way out. So when things get rough or you set your mind on a future event (like upcoming breaks) know that it’s ok to look forward to those things, but there will be walking that needs to take place until that day, and if you take your eyes off the path and set it upon something else your feet are more likely to trip. So enjoy the process, find a way to be passionate about the little steps, and realize that your walk is never alone. Even in the darkest of times the Lord is there to guide you along the difficult path that leads to life.
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