The other night, my daughter and I enjoyed the warm night air as we walked around the track at our local football field. As we walked, my daughter kept stopping, complaining of boredom and a sudden onset of stomach cramps. Frustrated, I walked ahead of her, determined to get in a much needed cardio workout. Suddenly, I felt the Lord whisper in my ear “Isn’t the point of this walk to enjoy some quality time with your daughter?” I stopped abruptly, turned 180 degrees in the opposite direction, and caught up to my daughter. For one night, it didn’t matter how many calories I burned or how much exercise I needed. That moment. I dropped my agenda and enjoyed walking and talking with my daughter.
If I’m honest it is like this in every area of my life, including my spiritual life. I often approach my prayer time with my agenda of prayer requests, ready to check it off my mental to do list and eager to get on with my day. But God wants more from us than just a laundry list of wishes to grant like he’s some genie in a bottle. He wants me. Not just part of me, but all of me. He doesn’t just want me to walk in isolation in my spiritual journey, He wants me to partner with other. Sometimes He wants me to catch up to those struggling in their walks, willing to trade my agenda for His. Other times He wants me to sprint to catch up to those further on in the distance to catch up with those who will push me to grow in my walk. We were never meant to walk this journey alone. Life is so much better when I do it with others.
Lord, help is partner with others and walk along our spiritual journey together.