Walk and not be faint…

Matthew 11:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

My doctor told me that people who go for walks live longer and have healthier bodies. High-energy people may want to lift weights, join a Zumba class and train for a triathlon. But, the rest of us can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a good walk.

While napping is a good way to increase your rest, walking is a good way to push through the fainting lull that comes after a turkey dinner. A walk in the cool of the evening stirs our senses and may reduce our anxious energy.

Our spiritual stamina is increased as we learn to walk with God. Walking is moving forward with great presence. There is no urgent hurrying allowed in a walk. Otherwise, you may as well run.

When you walk, you can stop along the way to enjoy a view, to give a greeting and become more aware of your surroundings. There are faster ways to move, but less likelihood of noticing or getting involved with what’s along the path.

If you feel that you are stuck, too weary to move or disillusioned and lethargic; you may need to be still. You need to let the rest that God gives be your destination in the stillness. Only then, will you be energized for the heights that God wants to take you, patient in the marathon and present in the slow walk around your place. There’s also a time to get up and go again.

Jesus has good news for the burned out and bedraggled—the one that has lost their strength and cannot go on.

Jesus invites us to walk alongside Him. He helps shoulder the burden that is too much for us to bear alone. Have you let Jesus into your burden? God’s gentleness and God’s humility will strengthen your mind; your will and your emotions when you cannot go a step further alone.

Walk with Jesus.