Walk His Way
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Walk it Out
Do you have a favorite restaurant? One reserved for special occasions. A bit finer in dining and an atmosphere as good as what is served up. When you get the word, “Honey I made reservations at our favorite place,” you imagine a day of primping, right? After all, this special spot deserves the same wonderful attention you will ultimately receive.
Our restaurant of choice is the What If Café. Following our wedding – a simple yet sweet ceremony – we dined at the What If Café. My two young sons, my mom and stepdad, a dear friend of mine who showed up with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and our pastor and his wife joined us. We shared that evening – delicious food, a splash of red wine, and laughter which filled our hearts. Marvelous memories nestled in this favored spot.
What If we decided to take God at His word. Can we focus for a moment on three simple areas: praying, reading, and showing up?
What if we prayed every day?
Beginning each morning as Psalm 5:3 reminds us to seek the face of God first.
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. (Psalm 5:3)
What if we learned how to pray as He has taught us in Matthew 6:6 and through the model prayer found in Matthew 6:9-12 and Luke 11:1-4. What if we stepped into a quiet place, closed the door, and trusted God as He led us in prayer, concentrating on Him and His will for our lives. Can we imagine for a moment? Take time now and allow the Lord to lead you into His presence.
What if we read our Bibles every day?
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
God speaks to us when we are willing to open and read our Bibles. In doing so, we come to know Him more intimately. Then what? As we develop this discipline, we will hear Him more through other people and other resources. Then what? We will be better suited to discern truth versus lies. Then what? And we will become more intensely aware of understanding our Father’s care and plan for our life. Then what? We just may have an impact on the world.
What if we showed up?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
God’s love was put into action by showing up in the most selfless way. He willingly came, emptied Himself, and bore what you and I deserved – even to the point of death. And for a moment when He may not have wanted this, He chose instead His Father’s will. God cares in every respect. He thinks of you and me. He prays to His Father for you and me. He shows up and moves on our behalf, daily. What are we doing in turn? For Him. For others.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about every detail of our life and the life that you gave us. Thank you for showing up, continually, when we know your presence and for the many times, we have no idea. Father, create in us a desire for time spent with you. Please grant us a hunger to read and study your word. Father God, please move us, not only to show up physically, but with an inner spirit to love others as you love. Amen.
Will you walk with me?
I like to cook and eat and, therefore, exercise! Are you with me, even if it is narrowed down to one of these? I rarely miss a meal, or snack tossed in, and I try to move most days of the week since I sit to read, write and prepare much more. I will leave the rest to your imagination, because the truth is, I don’t feel inspired to write anymore today. I want to clean my home and move my body versus sitting and writing.
What if we were willing to exercise, within the Father’s care, the freedom to make decisions (daily) that would change our thoughts, behaviors, and perhaps the lives of others.