Read: “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)
Reflect: I love to walk. Most days of the week you’ll find me outside, beating the pavement, the sand or a dusty trail. I count myself fortunate to live in San Diego where we have so many beautiful places to stroll.
Pick up any magazine today and you’re likely to find an essay about the benefits of walking: it improves mood and creativity, lowers blood sugar levels and blood pressure, it burns calories and is part of a health-giving routine. Who doesn’t want all of that?
One of walking’s benefits I’ve discovered is that in addition to getting me up and moving, it also slows me down. The regular pace of putting one foot in front of the other resets the metronome in my mind. It brings my racing thoughts into a slower rhythm, allowing me to process my ideas and decisions more carefully.
Over the past several years at EastLake Church we’ve been learning how better to live an unhurried life within our harried culture. By incorporating the practices of silence and solitude into my regular routine, I’ve reaped the benefits of a quieter, more focused mind—even during a season of my life with the most external stressors.
So this week, why not tie on your tennies and head out the door for a walk? Because in order to determine where you are going next, you need to be mindfully aware of where you are right now.
React: Set a time to walk and talk with Jesus this week.
Pray: Lord, slow my racing thoughts and help me see clearly where I am right now. Thank you for bringing me to this moment and being present with me in it. Help me begin to catch a vision of what could be next in my own unique journey with you.