We read and hear stories of people of old who walked with God. They lived and died and God still lives on. How old is God anyway? Answer: ageless! Before the world came into existence, He was and He is now and He will be tomorrow. But if we to construct a time frame with our finite minds, we would picture God as an old man. No wonder, some people refer to Him as the ‘Old Man Upstairs.’
Ever walked with an elderly person before? I bet you have. How was it like? Slow, right? Maybe a little too slow for comfort. It might have been an important appointment to attend to but it kind of felt like a stroll. If only he/she would walk a little faster, you groan inwardly.
It sometimes feels like that when walking with God. He takes His time guiding our steps. We enjoy it, benefiting from His wisdom and we feel content until we find others ‘seemingly’ bypassing us. And as ‘youthful’ as we are, we begin to have itchy legs; hoping to graduate from strolling to sprinting. We watch people take shortcuts to get ahead and wonder why God won’t lead us through the same route. We try to rush him with prayers in emergency tones hoping He’d speed it up a little. But most often, it is as pointless as urging an old person walking with a stick to walk faster.
When one sets off on a new path with no guidance, he is more likely to make avertible mistakes and stumble several times compared to someone with a guide. Most people who opt for the shortcuts in life end up sacrificing too much of themselves including their dignity, self-worth and humanity and eventually meet a dead-end. Contrarily when one decides to walk with God, He orders our steps such that we avoid the pitfalls created by the enemy so we don’t get caught in his trap. It doesn’t guarantee a smooth ride; one would sometimes encounter some difficult situations but He’ll definitely take us through them. It will feel frustrating when those around you are having jolly rides when you feel stuck at a point. But as long as He is the one leading you, be assured He’ll make a way out for you.
You might start from the bottom and the progress might feel a little slow but as long as it is God walking beside you, be assured you will get to your destination right on time; not a second later.
When walking with an old person, we might wish that he’d make his intention known so we could run ahead and get it done for him so we would spare ourselves the agony of the slow walk. But God would most often not show us the whole picture; only revealing parts of it along the way thus causing us to have no choice but to follow His lead.
Are you walking with God? How has it been so far? Not easy but totally worth it, right? Exactly! If you haven’t tried this seemingly slow but steady walk with God yet, I recommend you do so right this minute. Just sign up by saying a sincere prayer asking Him to take over the wheel of your life and believe that He has heard you. Now get ready for the most amazing journey ever taken.
For those who have and continue to take the walk, why not share your experience with me? It might encourage someone who has reached a rough spot. Remember, sharing is caring. Let’s show some love, shall we?
© Josephine Amoako 2016