Friday, June 17, 2011

A Walk with B

The other day Julie and I took our son on a walk through a forest. There was a nice path to follow and we had lots of fun getting him into the outdoors. I noticed something though, when walking with Brennan. He's all over the place! And my "position" with him constantly changed.

- Sometimes I walked behind him, just "letting him run"
- Sometimes I had to hold his hand and "guide him" in the right direction.
- Sometimes I had to jump in front of him and re-direct him away from something dangerous.
- Sometimes I would run ahead of the path, turn and face him, and try to entice him to come to me.
- Sometimes I had to use more harshness, saying "Brennan, NO!" if he was in a tight spot.
- And, of course, for part of the walk I put him on my shoulders and carried him.

You know where I'm going with this, don't you.

I believe that short walk with Brennan perfectly illustrates our walk with God. We are all over the place, constantly getting distracted from the path that God has for us. And God uses all sorts of ways to help us stay on the narrow path. It is narrow, and the distractions are plentiful. There are a million things that vie for our time and attention, and yet none of them will lead to any sort of lasting peace. Only God.

God will carry us at times, push us from behind, run ahead of us and "woo us" to Him, walk side by side holding our hand, and even run off the trail to rescue us when we go AWOL. And just as I had my eyes on Brennan during the entire walk, God never loses sight of us, (even though we may lose sight of Him). He is always there.

Where are you right now? Are you on the path? Have you veered off? Are you walking with God, ahead of Him, or is He trying to get your attention to come back to Him?

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
   if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
   your right hand will hold me fast.

 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:7-12)

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