I had to go out of town for the long weekend. Here is a wonderful guest post for you. I want to thank Laura, who is the founder of Girls Gone Sporty, and a great woman for stepping in for today’s Inspiration for your Perspiration.
In the future I hope to share other great bloggers and fitness buffs who also share a special relationship with God. Please enjoy and feel free to leave a comment for Laura. Have a blessed week!
Walk with God
“I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.”
- Proverbs 4: 11-13
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
- Isaiah 30:21
I took one of my dogs on a walk one night. It was cold, but clear, a rarity for Oregon in November. While I walk I usually try to pray or talk with God, but on this particular night my mind kept wandering to nonsense I didn’t need to think about. Finally, I looked up at the bright moon and the shadows of distant hills and I prayed, “Lord, take my mind, take my words.”
I knew I needed to work more when I got home, so I prayed further, “Lord, give me the right words tonight. Let me know what you would have me write.” I looked down from the moon as I walked past a local church and on the church’s billboard was the phrase, “Exercise Daily. Walk with the Lord.”
I thought, “Huh. That’s interesting.”
And I got to thinking…what’s so significant about “walking with the Lord?” Why do we use that particular phrase? There’s got to be a reason. The more I thought about it, the more I started connecting the dots between different Bible stories. For instance, Adam liked to walk with God in the Garden of Eden. Jesus called the disciples to follow him as he walked along the lake shore. The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. Saul saw Jesus when he was walking along the road to Damascus. There seemed to be a trend there…significant spiritual things taking place as people moved.
So, I looked up the word “walk” on an online concordance and discovered 210 instances of the word “walk,” “walked” and “walking” that appear throughout the Bible.
I know you’re probably thinking, “So what?” Walking was the primary form of locomotion back then. People walked to get from one place to another, so of course the Bible will reference the word “walk” regularly.
But the word “walk” is often referenced as an act of character rather than a physical verb:
- “Walk in obedience”
- “Walk faithfully”
- “Walk in peace”
- “Walk in love”
- “Walk in the way of righteousness”
- “Walk in the way of insight”
- “Walk in wisdom”
- “Walk humbly”
- “Walk uprightly”
As I kept looking at the references, I noticed a trend in the New Testament, too. The word “walk” appears again and again in reference to Jesus’ miracles: the lame got up and walked, Jesus walked on water, the blind were told to take up their mats and walk.
I don’t think this was an accident. Walking is something that we all understand – it’s a concept that spans cultures and countries and languages. After you learn to walk as a child, the action becomes as natural as breathing. It’s not a concept that requires deep thinking – but it is an activity that incorporates the body, mind and spirit. I think by using this illustration of walking, God was trying to emphasize the interwoven relationship between our physical ability to move and His work in our lives.
Exercise and physical activity require us to engage our body, sharpening our minds as we perform a physical task. The act itself allows us to become in tuned with our body’s capabilities and we learn to hone in on the inner workings of our physical selves. As we learn to hone in on our body, we can learn to hone in on our spiritual self as well, opening ourselves up to the intricacies of our spiritual nature.
When you’re exercising and working hard, you have the chance to focus only on putting one foot in front of the other, concentrate on lifting the dumbbell one more time or dancing one more step. You have the opportunity to truly be present and available to learn what God wants to teach you.
I know that the time I spent exercising, listening and praying this summer changed my heart – I don’t think that was by mistake. I would challenge you to seek God in your exercise, to pursue exercise as a way to seek God.
Awesome Laura, thanks again and lets all Walk with God this week.