Summer is here and more people are out walking in our neighborhood. Families, couples and friends talk with each other while jogging or taking a walk. My husband and I walk on Saturday mornings and talk about the week, what God is teaching us, what we are reading in His word and current news. It just comes natural as we walk with each other.
I also take my daily “walks” with Jesus. It may be in the morning or evening, or all throughout the day. It should be natural to communicate and talk with each other as I abide in Him and He abides in me. I share with Him my thanks, my concerns, talk to him about my family and friends and also spend time listening to Him as He uses His words to speak to me. Sometimes it means rejoicing and praising and other times I can share my fears and concerns with Him.
When Jesus returned from the grave to earth, he appeared to two disciples and walked with them on the road to Emmaus.
“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?’ “(Luke 24:14-17)
Not recognizing Jesus, they talked about the crucifixion and Jesus listened. In their sadness and confusion, they explained what they saw and told him that some women had seen the empty tomb that very morning; his body was gone. Jesus listened and then explained to them the meaning, “’Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:26-27)
Arriving at their destination, they asked Jesus to come stay with them. He stayed and while blessing the food these disciples recognized him! “And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’ ” (Luke 24:31-32)
Abiding with Jesus is closeness, a heart communication with each other. Jesus wants us to abide, to walk with Him daily. He wants to listen and has so much wisdom and insight to share with His followers like the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Am I walking so closely to Jesus that I recognize him in my life? Do I listen to Him as He speaks His words to me? Is my heart burning within me because I have been with Him? Do I feel comfortable in His presence and then invite Him into my home, into my life?
He is waiting for a walk. If you know Him will you take a walk with Him today? He loves to listen and talk to you. I would enjoy hearing what He is saying to you.
Walking with my prayer group in the mountains