Learning to Walk
I’ve always been one of those “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” kind of girls; making my own decisions and doing my own thing, on my own schedule. After all, God surely can’t be interested in whether or not I go shopping or stay home. Do I really need to include Him in the plans I make for my day?
I was challenged by that question at a recent Prayer Conference I attended in Ft. Worth. The speaker, Maria Durso, from Christ Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY, shared several testimonies of being directed by God in her “daily doings.” I thought she might be carrying “listening to His voice” just a little too far! Not anymore.
Yesterday I found myself completely bored and craving a shopping trip. Hubby was hauling grain, and I just wanted to wander around a mall. I began to get ready and that’s when the phone started ringing. (I noted it had not rung ONCE the day before!) Therefore, its continual ringing was something to note. By 10:00 a.m., I had spoken to five different ladies, each needing some advice or needing to chat.
Finally, ready to leave the house, I discovered my car keys were locked in the car! Hubby was out driving the grain truck and had his set with him. No problem! I called him and asked if he would “stop by” on his run down 7th Street and unlock the car for me! Yes! With the keys in my hand; nothing would stop me now!
It was then that I remembered the conference teaching and decided to pray about my little “shopping trip.” The phone rang; it was my daughter-in-law needing some help with the children. As soon as my decision was made to stay home, I heard myself singing these words, “stepping in the light, stepping in the light…how beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, led in paths of light.” I was stepping lighter as I walked to the door to welcome my babies for Grandma time! They filled my heart and hands.
Later, my mind flashed back to a fateful day in January when I decided I needed popcorn and I drove the few blocks from home to get some. That’s when I had my terrible accident. You see, He wants to direct our path; He wants to be included in our plans. That’s what walking in radical obedience is all about. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:4-5