I Was Thinking…
So how was your Monday? Mine was spectacular. Not to brag but I spent the morning checking off an item on my ‘bucket list’. Since my first experience in the Holy Land I found myself mesmerized by the Judean Wilderness. I had always wanted to spend some reflective time there and yesterday was my day. I hiked 3.5 miles in the Judean Wilderness ending in Jericho. It was inspiring.
I am convinced that I don’t spend enough time in silent reflection. While today I was hiking with a great group of people…there were moments of quiet reflection as I sought to take it all inside my soul. I am rather sore from a strenuous and careful walk. It is a ‘good sore’ that brings me to remember how the body and soul are connected. I need to spend more time in silent reflection as I walk my body enhancing my spiritual walk along its journey.
The location of my hike was on what is called the ‘Old Roman Road’. It is likely the location that David had in mind when he wrote “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” The road weaves through tight places where it would have been easy for thieves to hide and thus jump their prey. It could be the location that Jesus had in mind when he taught about the ‘Good Samaritan’ in Luke 10. This ‘Old Roman Road’ was definitely a path that Jesus and his disciples would have traveled between Jericho and Jerusalem. I walked Monday where Jesus walked. My Monday was spectacular!
Your Monday may have not been spent in the Holy Land but all Mondays can be spectacular. As we walk our life’s journey not necessarily in literal places where Jesus walked but in understanding that Jesus has walked where we walk, something spectacular happens. Jesus, God incarnate, has walked the paths of loneliness, fear, despair, discouragement, uncertainty, temptation, and all the rest…he was fully human and yet fully divine. Let me say that in another way…Jesus knows what it is to be us and understands us in real and very practical ways…so why not trust Jesus?
I am certain I don’t know your struggle(s) in this week. But I am certain I know someone who does. So how was your Monday? What will your Tuesday become? How about the rest of your week and life…what will it become? I choose to not only walk where Jesus walked but to invite Jesus, the Christ, to walk where I walk. I choose life! (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) Have a spectacular journey!
P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!