Thoughts of...Walking Shield
I am blessed by being able to go on walks with my wife several times a week after we drop off the kids at school. The walks are times of very sweet fellowship with my bride. We talk about all sorts of things. We sort out issues facing us, our family, and our church family at Calvary Chapel Ahwatukee. We praise the Lord for His mercy, grace, longsuffering, and goodness to us. On top of all that, we get some physical exercise, which I desperately need. We both look forward to those walks.
( With the desert landscaping in our community, there are wayward rocks on the sidewalks all along our path. I kick a lot of rocks, trying to boot them back into their proper place; I am a rock-kicker from way back! But I have noticed that my wife never kicks a rock. I have also noticed that she always walks around the puddles created by sprinkler systems while I always walk through the puddles. I am beginning to wonder when I am going to grow up…)
As my wife and I walk, I am very mindful of her well-being. I walk closest to the street to stand between her and potential danger. I walk between her and operating sprinklers to shield her from discomfort. I walk ahead of her when we cross a street to ensure her safe passage. When the sun is bearing down, I lead her to the shade provided by the trees and walls that line the streets. When overgrown trees and plants obstruct our path, I shield her from the scraping attacks of the desert’s thorn-bearing vegetation.
On a recent walk, it occurred to me that Jesus does the same things for His Bride (2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7-8, Eph 5:30-32). His consummate interest is Her well-being.
1. Jesus stands between us and danger (Is 7:4-7, 1 Thes 3:7-8, Phil 3:18-21, Phil 4:1)
2. Jesus shields us from discomfort (Ps 3:1-3, Ps 5:8-12, Ps 33:18-20, Ps 115:11)
3. Jesus goes before us to prepare safe passage (John 14:1-3, 1 Cor 15)
4. Jesus shades us from the burning heat of the sun (Ps 121:5-6)
5. Jesus takes the thorns out of our path (Gal 3:13, 1 Peter 2:21-25, 1 John 3:5-6)
As we walk with Jesus, we talk to Him and He talks to us. We laugh with Him. Issues in our lives get resolved. In those times of very sweet fellowship with Him, our relationship prospers. On top of that, we get some desperately needed spiritual exercise.
Be as excited about walking with the Lord as He is about walking with you!