The God walk
By: Glenda H.
The Messenger 12-20-07
(Reprinted from Union City First United Methodist Church Advent Devotional Book)
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
It has been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. In our fast-paced, mobile society, we seldom rely on steps to take us any place. We “walk” as recreation, but we ride or fly to travel.
Walking — but not really going anywhere — has become an important part of my day since I began an exercise routine a few years ago. It’s been during those walks that I’ve had time to think quiet thoughts, to consider my fellow walkers, to contemplate problems and difficulties and blessings and joys.
I’ve encountered God on almost all of those walks. And I’ve given a lot of thought to His journey.
You’re surprised? You didn’t think the Creator of the Universe traveled? Why should he, after all? Where would He go?
The answer is this: Our Father’s first step, the one that began a journey of a thousand miles — no, make that a million, billion, gazillion miles — began eons ago when He planned for a Baby to be born in a manger. He’s been walking ever since — seeking you and me.
Patiently, lovingly drawing closer to us.
We haven’t made His journey easy. Sometimes our own steps have quickened as we walked away from Him. Sometimes our steps have taken us on detours as we responded to worldly diversions.
We’ve worn ourselves out, exhausted our human resources, walking our own way.
Still God comes determinedly, steadily on toward us. A step at a time. Down through eternity. Past a stable. Through a Gethsemane. Out of a rocky tomb.
God’s steps toward us are countless, more than the sands on the seashore.
He asks us to take only one — the one that turns us toward Him.
Prayer: We are amazed at a love so great it goes on reaching out to us, no matter what the cost. Forgive us when we exhaust ourselves in fruitless journeys toward human perfection. Thank you for providing a better way, a perfect way, one step at a time. In the name of Jesus, whose followers were first known as the People of the Way, we pray. Amen.
By Glenda H. Caudle
Special Features Editor