Carter and I have this thing goin' -- walkin' n talkin'...n talkin' n walkin'...n walkin' n talkin' n....on and on and on.
It's pure delight for both of us, because Carter is 3-1/2**...and I'm Carter's Babci (Polish for Grandma). I know it won't last forever -- he'll grow up and become interested in many other things. But for right now, we have each other and walkin' n talkin' n talkin' n walkin'!
Well, what is walkin' n talkin' n talkin' n walkin'? It's simply this: we just walk (or trot if you're Carter) and chat up a storm at a local, enclosed shopping area.
What do we talk about? Anything and everything...from the mundane to the sublime -- like blue ugly dolls to how many frosties (snowmen) do we see...to which one we like best (mine's the one with the plaid scarf, his is the one with the sparkly colors)...or whether the train will be running in the children's department of the shoe store.
Carter & I talk about how we love each other, and how we are "best buds." We also talk about how God wants him to obey mommy and daddy, and how Jesus living in him obeys through him (explained in 3 year old talk, of course!).
And of course, we eat burgers and play games in our booth at Buffalo Wild Wings. What a glorious day!
My time with Carter reminds me of another pair of "Walkers & Talkers" -- Jesus and His disciples. They "walked and talked" everywhere together -- through grain fields, through vineyards, from one town to another to another, and even out on the water...chatting up a storm.
Of course, Jesus being the Rabbi did the most significant talking. But the disciples chatted too, sometimes putting their "foot in their mouths"...like asking who would be the greatest in the kingdom, etc. But that was okay because Jesus loved them anyway...they were "best buds!"
Perhaps my favorite "walk" of theirs is the one on the road to Emmaus right after Jesus' resurrection (Luke 24). Unlike my walks with Carter, the two disciples didn't even realize that it was their Lord Jesus Christ that was walking with them.
And He was sharing the Scriptures with them that spoke of Himself and His death, burial, and resurrection. It wasn't until the intimate activity of eating together, that their eyes were opened to know HIM as their walking companion.
I think it's the same with us present-day disciples of Jesus. We often "go our merry (or not so merry) way" feeling like the Lord is "up there somewhere" sending down a little help if we ask. When in reality He is "God with Us" in close association with us at all times. In fact, He is united to us in oneness.
It all left me confused and disheartened...and LONELY! I decided to go for a walk through a beautiful senior center near our home.
As I walked, I moaned and groaned to myself: NOBODY really knows me...NOBODY really cares...NOBODY really gets who I am!
I sat down on the grass in a grove of trees, feeling all ALONE.
Then came the still small voice of my unseen Walking Partner: Nobody really knew ME...nobody really cared for ME...nobody really got Who I AM! (Nobody except His heavenly Father, that is).
It was then that I realized that I hadn't been walking and moaning alone... So the rest of the way, I walked hand-in-hand with the LONELY ONE.
What about you, my dear brother and sister in Christ?
You are never alone, and you are always understood and cherished. No matter what you're going through, walk through it hand-in-hand with HIM.
There's a song Wayne Watson put out a while ago, Walk in the Dark. (I've printed out the lyrics below.) At first, I didn't understand it, because I naively thought Christians always walked in the "light." After all, Jesus is the Light of the World, isn't He? But after I went through some dark crises, then I got it!
If you are walking through darkness right now, may this be your heart cry...it's better to walk in the dark with JESUS, than to walk in the light on your own...Amen!
WALK IN THE DARK
where are you taking me-why are we turning here this road is strange to me-this path is not so clear must be the place where my doubt turns to faith where I close my eyes and take your hand
CHORUS: I'd rather walk in the dark with Jesus Than walk in the light on my own I'd rather go through the valley of the shadow with him Than to dance on the mountains alone I'd rather follow wherever he leads me Than to go where none before me have gone I'd rather walk in the dark with Jesus Than to walk in the light of my own
I've made some plans you know-mapped out a strategy Somebody tell me where did the seasons go-have you forgotten me I've heard the darkest hour is just before dawn And wherever you are the sun will shine
There will be shadows-but I won't be shaken 'Cause you've never forsaken a vow You've never failed me before this I know And, Jesus, you won't fail me now
Through a grain field on the Sabbath -- Luke 6 Through Samaria, encountering the Samaritan woman -- John 4 On the water with Peter -- Matthew 14:22-33 Through Jericho on the way to Jerusalem before the Triumphal entry -- Luke 18:31-19:40 Through a vineyard on the way to Gethsemane -- John 15 On the road to Emmaus after the Resurrection -- Luke 24:13-35
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**first posted in January 2012