When I was a little boy, we used to sing a song at church entitled, “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” As I take my daily exercise walk for health reasons, the song keeps coming back to me. Along the way, I observe the contents of people’s yards. They all tell a story. Some people do their own yard work. Some hire gardeners to do it. As I watch other people walking, most are walking alone. Some walk with their mates, a friend, or in a group. Some speak and some don’t. One day, I saw a walker pick-up and steal my Sunday paper. I guess that person was looking for a cheap way out. I caught her red-handed. I thought about how easy it is to go to jail but diffi cult to get out. (Just a thought)
None of this has anything to do with the old spiritual, except this is a good time to pray and have a little talk with Jesus. This persao needed to be prayed for.
Yesterday, a gentleman pulled up beside me and said, “How are you Brother Hopkins? We are praying for you to get better.” I appreciate that. I know that there are some who pray for me, and I am getting better, as I keep doing my exercises. Also, I know that prayer without works is dead. (James 2:14-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
In the past, I let to someone stopped me from walking for awhile, because they said the bears or coyotes might come out and get me. I thought about it and asked myself, “Why pray if you believe the bears and coyotes are stronger than your prayers? I still continue to walk, daily. That’s a chance to talk to Jesus. Another friend slowed and said, “Keep going Joe, you can make it. The encouragement I receive is also appreciated.
Many people give up when they get sick or become handicapped. Recently, I visited my therapist because I had a problem and I didn’t know how to solve it. I thought the therapist might have encountered others with the same problem and might have a solution for me. I was right. She had seen the problem before and had a solution. Now I have a new exercise to help solve the problem. Other problems will come, which can be solved, with help. I’m glad to know that I can get help, as long as I continue to seek it.
I remember when I came back from one of my first walks and was excited. I had walked to the fi re hydrant near my home. It was only approximately ten steps from home. I was talking to a lady and she said, “Every walk should be a little further than the last, even if it’s only six inches more.” Now I’m walking about fi ve blocks and increasing it daily. I complain about church, but it forms the basics of my life. The lessons of life and it’s solutions are all there, and I will keep praying and having my little talks with Him daily.