Earlier this year I wrote about exercise and my lack of it. I talked about the days I use to walk almost everyday for an hour and a half per day. While I walked I either worshiped God while listening to music or talked to Him through prayer. Soon after this post I realized I missed this time with God. Even though I spent most mornings alone with God I missed being out walking with Him. That’s when I started praying for time in my day to get back to walking like I used to.
Several months ago my oldest daughter, Ashley, started walking with a friend. They like to walk up to ‘the tower’, which is an area with many wonderful walking trails close to home. One morning Ashley’s friend was unable to go walking, so I was asked to take her place. I thought it would be nice to go walking with her since we don’t get a lot of alone time these days. I was also looking forward to the pleasant trails. I had walked up to the tower before and enjoyed the scenery.
As we were getting ready, my daughter announced she would drive. Of course I had to ask why. She said she didn’t like being the passenger. After trying to convince her that I should drive, and failing, I finally gave in and said she could. I have to say it’s a little weird having my daughter drive. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a wonderful driver. I had been driving her around for so many years its just kind of weird having her drive me around now.
We arrived at the park with all the trails, but on the opposite side from where I had walked before. Ashley said she had been walking up to the tower from there and told me to follow. So follow I did. The first part was nice. The trail was clear and the scenery was beautiful. Then, not to long after starting, the path started going up. I don’t mean slightly up either. Each stretch of the path was steeper than the previous. I was having a hard time keeping the conversation going because I was busy huffing and puffing. I had to keep stopping to catch my breath. My heart was pounding and my legs felt like noodles. What in the world had I gotten myself into? Getting back down was even harder. I’m sure I looked odd sidestepping my way down the paths.
As we were headed home, my daughter said we should walk that path every week and asked what day worked for me. She wanted me to do this again?! On purpose?! I asked her if we could walk a different path and she said “no, I like that path”. So reluctantly I agreed to walk the path again. I was looking forward to spending time with my daughter, but not to walking up the steep path again.
For a couple of weeks we walked once a week. Then before I knew it we were walking several times a week. On the mornings I wasn’t available to walk my daughter would ask me to walk later that night after dinner. I have to tell you, she doesn’t take no for an answer either. I have no idea where she gets that from. 😉
The last time we were heading back from walking, I was thanking God for the special time He had carved out for us to spend together. At that moment, God reminded me that it’s what I had prayed for. I had prayed for time in my day to get back to walking. I laughed. You see, when I prayed for the time to get out and walk again, I pictured myself walking around our neighborhood on the flat sidewalks. Not going up steep terrain having to catch my breath every few minutes.
Back then, when I walked alone with God, I needed it. It was hard for me to focus on God with the distractions of life all around me. So walking helped me listen to what God had for me. Now things are different. I now know God is with me always and I can call upon Him and/or chat with Him at any moment. I’ve found that the more I do this the easier it is to hear His voice and feel His prompting. I’m more aware of the Holy Spirit working in my life.
So yes, I did pray to go walking again and God did answer my prayer. He answered it so beautifully. I would never have imagined I would be walking with Ashley, not only spending quality time with her, but also working out. Both things I desperately wanted and needed.
“the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” ~Romans 8:26
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the Holy Spirit which intercedes on our behalf when we don’t realized what we need to pray for. Lord, I pray for the courage to act when prompted by the Holy Spirit, Amen