In the Genesis narrative, Adam and Eve spent their time skipping about in a sinless garden. All was as it should be, and it seems that God was in the habit of walking with the couple in the cool breeze of the day. Walking with God is a common metaphor in the scriptures, used to describe not only the patriarchs of old but also everyday people of faith – people like you and me. We are to “walk humbly with our God” and “walk in the way of love.”
God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul (Zondervan Books) by Mark Buchanan is a wonderful new book that explores the practice of physical walking as a catalyst for spiritual formation. Whether it’s a spiritual pilgrimage, a prayer-walk through your neighborhood, or simply walking your pet through a forest, Mark draws out the spiritual lessons we encounter when we roam this earth as a people who walk with God. All we have to do is be attentive and watchful, for Jesus may show up at any moment, just as he did on the road to Emmaus on Easter Sunday.
We no longer skip about in a sinless garden, but Jesus still bids us to “follow him” as we walk by faith into God’s kingdom. God is always present, walking with us even when the cool breeze isn’t blowing, when our long, hot summer is wrecked by a pandemic, and when the world is anything but sinless. There are seasons when we should be still and know that He is God. God Walk reminds us that there are also times when Jesus calls us to “rise up and walk.” Perhaps it’s time to get moving.
-Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster