As we enter a new month, it was encouraging to hear last Monday of Mary’s (one of our more recent church and Positive Steps members) impressive achievement in completing 10,000 steps each day in the month of October. If we are able to, it’s good to remain on the go, both for the sake of exercise as well as taking in our surrounds. My own activity tracker informs me that in the last quarter, I was averaging Mary’s levels too, completing 1,016,802 steps! However, when trying to take in and appreciate such a large number, I started to think about how effectively I had used that time commitment. Proverbs 20.24 informs us that "All our steps are ordered by the Lord.” As such how much, I wonder, do we allow Him to speak to, inform and guide us on along the way?
Certainly, the different places and faces when walking that I encounter can often be an inspiration for intercession, at other times, it can provide a helpful backdrop simply to listen. Rather than dashing from one appointment after another in the car or indeed bike – which has been my practice for many years, the deliberate slowing down that a commitment to walking brings, provides more space for God, as well as an opportunity to be challenged en route, and respond to changes in my timetable and priorities, that He might be asking of me.
So may our steps this week, many or few, be an opportunity to draw more closely to our God. For as we are reminded in Psalm 37:23-24: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
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