There is a song (sung by a group of animated vegetables) that says, “keep walking, but you won’t knock down my wall…” What a weird, little song! But, if you knew the story behind the silly song, you would understand. I’ll give you a hint: a man named Joshua and a city called Jericho. (Book of Joshua, Chapter 6)
Walking is one of my favorite activities. I love to get up early, wash my face and brush my teeth, and put on my walking shoes! I have found that walking to an upbeat song, blasting loudly from a digital audio player, is even better! I have found that a solid 30 minutes of walking transforms my day!
But, walking isn’t always easy. Babies have a hard time learning how to walk. It takes almost a year’s time for most babies to figure it out. Then, as toddlers, they are still trying to stay upright because their body’s proportions are awkward. As a child grows the walking becomes easier, and then they learn to run.
I have already mentioned how much I dread running. But I love to walk. There are times in my life when I feel like I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Then, there are times in my life when I feel like I have walked up the tallest mountain, and I have finally reached the summit! Each new day brings a set of new adventures. No matter what the circumstances may be, I have to keep walking.
I have also learned that I have to walk by faith. There are times when I don’t want to take another step. I am too tired, too lonely, too overwhelmed. I just want to sit down, cross my legs, and rest. In spite of the fatigue, though, I still experience restless legs. My mind wants to keep moving, even if my legs want to quit.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:29-31 where it says, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might he increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (NASB)
May you find strength, faith, and endurance as you walk each day in your life. God bless you all.