It recent years there has been a lot of emphasis on the value of walking. Mainly, the value health-wise to walking. It can lead you to lose weight, prevent heart attacks, and a host of other good things. One radio message also says it is the one exercise that just about everyone can do. If you can walk, you can exercise! Some very heavy people who had difficulty even walking, began by walking very short distances, but with time and proper diet changed their lives.
The song, My God and I, has the line: My God and I go in the field together… We walk and talk as good friends should and do… I’ve always liked those words. Walking with God is not about the benefits of exercise, but the spiritual benefits. The past year I have spent a lot of time walking, mainly for the physical benefits, but I also have found it spiritually beneficial.
The past couple of Wednesday nights I have walked home from evening Bible Class. It is a 3-4 mile walk, depending on which way I go. But, it is a refreshing walk at the end of the day. A couple weeks ago it was a beautiful walk!!! Thunderstorms formed, as was forecast, just to the south of Grand Rapids. It didn’t rain here. In fact, there were clear skies over Grand Rapids. But, to the south around Kalamazoo, major storms. Clear skies here, but you could see a huge bank of clouds to the south. As I started out, the sun shone on the clouds creating an amazing view. As darkness took over, you could see all kinds of lightening in the clouds to the south. It was like watching fireworks on the 4th of July, only more amazing.
I thought of the line in the song, How Great Thou Art: I see the stars… I hear the rolling thunder… Thy power thru-out the universe displayed. It was the kind of night that you could see the stars and see lightening at the same time. I was too far away to hear the thunder, but could easily see the lightening and in my mind hear the thunder I knew it was creating.
Take a walk for your health – both physical and spiritual health – sometime. It can be a rewarding and renewing experience.