TITLE: IT’S NOT HOW THE TRIP GOES; IT’S THE DESTINATION!
By Lorene Weaver
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. Emotions have a lot to do with our walking speed and, quite possibly, that speed affects our stride. Thereâ€™s the shuffler scuffing his shoes in short bursts barely lifting them off the ground. His whole body is out of alignment. He looks like heâ€™s either carrying the weight of the world on his slumped shoulders or heâ€™s out of it and hasnâ€™t a care in the world.
Next comes the parade marcher bringing attention to all with the bounce in her step and sway in her hips. Sheâ€™s a real performer, full of joy, looking to please the world, and expecting the same in return.
The stumbler, caught up in his own world, walks well for a short while and then seems to lose his rhythm as he stumbles over a crack in the sidewalk. Sometimes that stumble brings him rapidly back to earth literally.
There are other walks related to gaits that show the way people go through life. In our spiritual lives as babies we are so eager to take part in every possible opportunity to learn and express our love, we are temporarily blinded to the bumps and bruises and sometimes move like steamrollers over all around us. There are blessings for us every where we look. We are proud of our new status as a child of the King.
Fairly new Christians kind of breeze through the early years traveling here and there to take in as much as possible from different major leaders, local Bible studies, and sometimes mission trips. During this time, people learn what fits and what doesnâ€™t, and, just as with the high heel shoes, some canâ€™t find the fit they are looking for and drift away.
Just as gestation is about over, a new walk is forced on the mother. Walking in straight lines and even steps slowly are replaced with a â€śwaddleâ€ť - a to and fro sideways, frontward movement. The extra burden places stress in different areas causing an irregular stepping and a slower forward progress. Young Christians, as they learn more about themselves, find new stresses pulling and tugging in several ways slowing down their forward progress.
As young Christians grow, cracks and bumps in the sidewalks and roads, pop up. Some of these â€śinjuriesâ€ť affect the pattern of walking with the Lord. Most take it as the familiar â€śone step forward, three steps backward syndromeâ€ś. They gather in groups to encourage and share the fun and the sadness some of these trips bring.
As older Christians we have the privilege of walking better in our spirits than very often in our bodies. What a blessing! Our God - the maker of our steps, the leader of our walk - all praise, honor, and glory to Him. May Jesusâ€™ name be lifted high.
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