Walking and Trusting
There is a phrase that I include in some of my prayers, but curiously enough, it’s always included when I say Grace before a meal: “…….help us to walk in Your way…..” I began using this petition a few years ago, but it has really been on my mind today. Why today? I can’t say that I’m sure. I can say that I have an awareness concerning every step I take in life, each and every day. I’ve never walked with these eyes, with this spirit before….perhaps that’s the reason……
I don’t have a problem walking in God’s way; that is, I don’t have a problem with trying to walk the way of Christ. I’m a human; I stumble, stray (never too far), and lose my focus from time to time. I don’t think that God is surprised by this at all. In fact, it is my humble opinion that God expects us to stumble, stray, and lose focus from time to time. It is during those times when we are getting back on track that we realize that God is all forgiving; He forgives us no matter what we do, regardless of the seriousness of the offense, regardless of how many times we commit the same offense, over and over again! How many of us can say that we would do the same? How many of us would do the same? I mean, would you turn the other cheek, time after time after time? As much as I hate to admit it, I probably wouldn’t. What a forgiving God He is indeed!
Walking in His way? Something I gladly strive to do each and every day that I’m given another day. Funny, I don’t feel like I’m obligated to do this; I try to walk in His way because I know that doing so makes me a better person; and it makes me feel good!
Then there’s the issue of trust, as in putting complete trust in Him…..giving control of my life to Him….letting Him have my problems…..living by His timetable instead of my own….letting Him decide what’s best for me…..offering my life up to Him.
It has been much easier to walk a different walk down a different path than it has been for me to put down mental ‘baggage’ that I’ve carried around for years. In this instance, mental baggage is actually distrust! You see, there are things in my life that I still cannot give totally to God. I don’t trust Him enough yet. How sad. How human. Do you have some of those ‘issues’ that you can’t seem to let go of? Perhaps, if you take this journey with me, we’ll both learn to let go of some things.
I welcome the challenge of growing in my walk of faith. And I look forward to the day when I have learned to ‘let go and let God’; to trust Him completely. When that day comes, and I pray that it will, I can only imagine the peace of mind that I’ll be blessed with. And I believe that “…help us to walk in Your way” will be more than a petition; walking in His way will be a reality.
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