Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.
Psalm 37:23-24 (NRSV)
What do you think about when you are walking? Do you think about walking? These days, with all the ice around us, we might think more about not falling when we are walking, but usually we are thinking about where we are headed, what we have to do, what just happened. Maybe we walk while talking to someone. Since we don’t think about it, what keeps you vertical and moving forward when you are walking?
The same may be true of one’s spiritual journey. The person who is new to engaging life from a spiritual perspective might find each step of the journey to be as tenuous as a baby taking its first steps. Once we taste life with a deeply spiritual dimension, we want to keep experiencing it so much that we will learn to keep walking that journey. As we learn to live life as spiritual beings having a physical experience, we think less about each step and more about destinations. Paying less attention to each step might make it easier to stumble. Life is consciousness.
When you have a moment while walking, try not only being conscious of God being with you, but make a conscious effort of experiencing your feet as God’s feet, taking each step as you walk. Say to yourself, “These are God’s feet and I am following in those steps.” You can do the same thing when you have something hard to do with your hands or your mind, like taxes. That kind of prayer walk can lead you to miraculous places.
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality