When I called, they did not listen; So when they called, I would not listen, says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 7:13
I walk almost every morning. My morning walks are the time I set aside each day to spend with God. I go before the world has awakened, and spend time in quiet prayer and conversation with God. I can’t tell you how important these mornings are to me. In a stressful day, in a stressful business, with a million gnats buzzing around for attention during the day, this is the magic hour for me.
I don’t walk far, usually about 30 minutes, but this when I leave my cell phone at home and set aside time for conversation with God. It has made my days a lot easier to navigate, and it surely has a calming effect on my life. It’s not an easy habit to get into, but if you can start the first day, the rewards are immeasurable. It is something that we have to devote ourselves to daily.
In the beginning, I had to drag myself down the stairs and out into the often bitter cold mornings of winter. After a few days though, I found myself looking forward to that time. I get to praise God a bit, and then take my burdens and my prayer requests and leave them with Him. The last part of my walk, the most important part, is when I try to be still and quiet, and listen to see what God wants me to hear. This is why I consider it a conversation with God. I’m sure we’ve all had to talk to any number of narcissists in our time, the kind that drones on and on about themselves and their wants and needs. I don’t find those conversations pleasurable, and I’m pretty sure God feels the same. My prayer for each of you is that you’ll make the time, not just to pray and talk to God, but take that extra time and listen, and make it a true conversation with Him.
City Church Texarkana