Crisp and exhilarating. Fall or early Winter. Mild enough to venture outside with the hint that colder days are just around the corner. Not quite visible, but the slight chill in the air tells you they are coming. That was the time of year for one of our seasonal walks with Peggy. Peggy was our next-door neighbor, friend and mother of some of my school mates, she loved children, walking and the outdoors.
Across the yard, along the grass-covered alley, down the gravel lane to the outskirts of town we would go. A half dozen or so neighborhood children and her own two in tow. We would walk and talk. Enjoying the sunshine, flight and song of birds and possibly catch a glimpse of a few wildlife critters along the way.
As this memory came to mind, I was reminded of another place and another time: in the Bible in Genesis 3:8 it mentions God “...walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”. Is that not awesome? God walked in the Garden of Eden. Not only that He walked with Adam and Eve. God was with Adam and Eve in the Garden.
Photo by Vi Gene
Then, we would come upon a neighboring farmer’s home, ready for a short respite, visit and cool refreshment.
We didn’t know it but Peggy had it all pre-arranged with the elderly farmers for us to come for a visit with them so they could visit with us children.
Photo by Vi Gene
Then we would be off, down their long lane out to the county road to continue on our adventure. We may visit another and then we would be on our way back to the village by a different route, of course.
Speaking of different routes, in Genesis 5:24 we are told that Enoch takes a very different route. “Enoch walked faithfully with God, then he was no more, God took him.” Hang on for the ride! With God as our travel guide there is no telling where He will take us if we would just get on board!
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These seasonal outings with Peggy were always enjoyable adventures for all. Our treks were not necessarily long ones, possibly a mile or round trip, maybe up to three. There was always an expectancy and delight to be a part of these journeys as Peggy talked, shared and gave us her complete attention as we traversed and trod along on our expedition.
Peggy is now, and has been for many years, walking on ahead. One day the rest of us will take that walk as well, but our journey will be different as everyone walks at a different pace, in a different place, yet not alone when you walk with Jesus.
Leviticus 26:12 and 2 Corinthians 6:16 tells us that God has said, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.”
God walked with us in the beginning.
God walked with us before he was crucified.
God walked with us after he was crucified.
God is still walking with us today.
Take a walk. Invite God to come along. Enjoy the journey.
ta ta for now