But, I walked that first block and - I am sure you were thinking I was going to say, and the next and the next, but the reality is I walked that first block and contemplated calling someone to come and pick me up. But I didn't, I turned around and walked back to my car.
I admit, I felt a little defeated, but I knew at least, I could walk 2 blocks, so I used it and built on it slowly. Now, walking for exercise is not my motivation; I walk to honor God and in the process, I get a little exercise.
Every walk is an adventure and I am just looking for Christ in my walks. My eyes, ears and heart is open to see what God will show me; how He will speak to me. And I must admit, I am never disappointed.
But last week I had the time, I felt great and the weather was perfect. It started out a little overcast, but I checked the radar and I felt I could make it.
Because my radar reading skills are not always on point, I packed my rain jacket, put on my hiking boots, grabbed an extra jacket in case it rained and got cold, and put it all in my backpack. With my belongings packed, off I went. Not just for a hike, but on a new trail.
As I started my walk, I thought it would not be a pretty walk, because the trees are still bare and not many flowers have bloomed, but I was still excited about it. I thought maybe I might see a dear or rabbit, but not much more. But come what may, I was out on a hike.
My walk started with praise. I was grateful to be feeling better and I was going to honor God for healing. The trail is the Green Trail in Burns Park. I looked at the map and it is a 5 mile loop, so all I had to do was just stay on the trail and it should take me to the sights and get me back.
I can easily get turned around with directions so I spent a little energy just trying to figure out where I was on the trail. I saw the Interstate, the golf course, the basketball court and I was always trying to see where all that was when I was driving.
I was standing in the distance because normally when I see horses not wanting to do something, they are pretty feisty about it. And I acknowledge they are much bigger than me, so I respect them.
But as I mentioned the horses were quite calm, just not budging. Then God became evident.
The first rider got off her horse. She took the reigns and began to lead the horse across the bridge. The horse, at this point, didn't hesitate to cross the bridge, following the lead of the rider. And then the rider did something I didn't expect. The rider led the horse right back to the beginning side of the bridge. Then got on the horse's back and then the horse walked right across the bridge.
This was following the one you trust. Now, the horse didn't go when he was walking and taking the lead, but when the one he trusted lead the way, he went.
I want to follow God with all trust. I want to know that God is good and He would not lead me wrong. I want to know that God knows more than I do, so I trust Him that He knows best.
Jesus, take my reigns.