So, a few days ago my daughter asked if we could walk home from school rather than driving. We did this the very next day and believe it or not it took us just over two hours.
The school is two and a half miles away from where we live and so the walk was always going to take a little while longer than the average school
If you look at the map, you can see that the route is a bit longer than the road (0.8 miles to be exact). Although it is longer, it is also much safer and also more scenic (see the pictures below).
As we walked away from the school, my daughter asked why we were going the wrong way. I was impressed that she knew we were going the wrong way and I went on to explain that we were walking along safe paths rather than down the roads without pavement.
I was reminded of Jesus’ promise that he is with us always and it struck me that often we want God to do things quickly rather than us being willing to travel with him no matter how long the journey takes.
We often want things instantly but sometimes we need to be patient and to let things grow and I think that this is especially true of relationships.
The other thing that struck me was that if I didn’t know the route we were on then I would have been really frustrated for the first part of the walk because it felt like we were going the wrong way. I was reminded that God has a plan for our lives, a route that he has plotted but sometimes we wander off it because it feels like we are going the wrong way and we think that we know best.
One of the advantages of our woodland walk is that we went right past a geocache which we found together. Can you see it in the picture? The pointing finger is a bit of a clue!
It was great fun searching for this buried treasure together. This wasn’t just a walk, it was an adventure!
How is your walk through life?
Are you aware of God with you?
Do you consult him?
Do you let him lead?
God promises to lead us in a clear direction but we have to trust in him.
God is with us and he is leading us, but will we follow?