One of my first jobs during college was working as a life guard in the heart of chicago.
One day I walked out of my studio apartment and found that my bike’s tires were all missing. This happens from time to time if you chain up your bike outside in Chicago. Either the bike chain will get stolen, one of the tires, or I’ve had my bike handle bars stolen. That day, both of my tires were stolen and I had no way to get to work on time.
Discouraged and tired I walked to my job knowing I would be a half an hour late.
Out of the blue I saw my dad walking towards me.
This wasn’t an odd occurrence since he usually worked in the city. I knew he was there looking into a landscaping job he managed. I was so relieved to see him.
He gave me a hug and I remember feeling like it was going to be ok. I don’t even remember if I told him my bike’s tires were stolen or if he helped me, but just him being present with me for five minutes seemed to help.
I think that’s how God wants to show up in our lives when disappointment, heart ache, annoying life struggles that come our way. He wants to be present with us during hard situations. Maybe you’re out of work, taking care of an aging parent, or praying for a family member who is struggling with addictions. Whatever that set back, disappointment, hardship is, God wants to walk with you through it. He might not make it all go away, but he will be present with you.
I love Paul’s perspective when he is writing to the churches about his journey. He was content either way. Being free and teaching the Bible or being in prison and talking about Jesus. Because he walked with God.
The Bible tells us about Enoch who walked with God for 300 years.
When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked withGod after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.Genesis 5:21-24
Genesis 6 says that Noah walked with God.
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in hisgeneration. Noah walked with God.Genesis 6:9
Abraham also is mentioned to have walked with God.
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”Genesis 17:1-2
I want to walk with God. He brings comfort, peace and relief through the hardest of times.
I wrote this blog post before everything happened with COVID-19. Since we all are at a stand still with the plans we had for our life, this message couldn’t be more true. God knows what He is doing! He loves us, He answers prayer, and He is not quarantined. He wants to walk with you closely this season and you couldn’t do that when you’re on a bike.