I am so grateful that you shared my travel with me on the dusty road. This is the last post on this series, and I encourage you to read the previous posts on part one and two if you haven’t.
I never knew my walk home would help me draw such deep lessons from the Holy Spirit. I now don’t just walk home, I walk to learn.
Here are the last lessons that I have been able to garner from these walks.
4. My mind is a battle field
There are days that I really don’t want to walk home. Sometimes it’s because I have had a day that wasn’t that interesting and all I want to do is get home and forget about it. At other times I just think I can’t do it. I look at the journey ahead and fail even before I begin the walk.
In those times I have had to literally talk myself into walking. Reminding myself why I need to and that failure has never been an option. Of course there are times when all that pep talk falls on deaf ears. My mind is pretty made up and I end up using the bus home. One of the most effective tool that we have if used well is our mind. There are many reasons why I shouldn’t walk and my mind is always the first to try and rationalize these reasons. I realized that if I am not in charge of my mind then I fall for anything.
In our Christian walk, we often fail before we start. We look at the challenges ahead of us and our minds just refuses to accept that it is possible to get through. Sometimes when you have been in a storm for a long period of time, it becomes so easy to accept that you are not coming out of it and eventually embrace a lifestyle of hopelessness. Your heart becomes so hard that in due course you find that you actually don’t care anymore about your circumstances.
The Holy Spirit is here reminding us, that we can do all things through Christ our enabler. We must allow our minds to be renewed and to dwell on the living word of God. His word is the wellspring of life.
Purpose to take charge of your mind today.
6. Watch Out
I don’t know about you, but I get distracted by stuff. I mean I have all intentions of paying attention to something but when something else pops up at the corner of my eye; I want to make sure I caught it.
Walking home with this attitude has cost me a few “almost falls”. Boy I’m I glad I never actually hit the ground because I have such a phobia of falling. These near falls however, have served their purpose. I watch where I am going. I am keen and pay attention as I walk home.
Over days though, I have felt like I have mastered the road, knowing where the pits, thorny bushes or stones that would trip me are. But this “assumption” hasn’t guaranteed me a drama free journey as I end up tripping and having to steady myself to avoid falling.
You and I are on a long journey. There are snares that have been set to catch you and stones that have been put up to trip you. The bible says that we must watch and pray lest we fall into temptation. We can never master the road. We can never be expert Christians. You can never outsmart the devil who has been here longer than you. You will never get it all, until you are at His feet.
We should never assume that we are there with God, or we have it all figured out; as that assumption would only be the beginning of our folly and downfall.
5. Finishing is better than starting
The gate to my estate is always a sight to behold because it marks the end of my walk. I am always ecstatic when I get to the gate because it marks the finish of my walk. But please don’t get me wrong, I learnt quite through an experience that getting to the neighborhood doesn’t mean I am home.
I remember once actually stopping to buy some fresh juice from a store near my house to “celebrate” my finish. When I started walking again the pain on my legs was so intense that I promised myself never to make such unnecessary stops.
Lesson: Just because you are in the neighborhood doesn’t mean you are home or that you can stop. The price you pay when you restart the journey can be unbearable.
Walking inside the estate towards my house comes with such a sense of victory. It feels good to know that in a little while I will be in my house where I get to clean up myself, relax and enjoy my quest.
The Holy Spirit has assured us that the Home we are heading to is place that no mind can comprehend. It’s a home like no other. The streets are paved with gold! I get so giddy when I read about Heaven in the book of Revelation; it is going to be such a treat I promise y’all.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate expertly crafted from a single beautiful pearl. And the city street was pure gold, yet it was as transparent as glass.
I encourage you today to keep your eyes on the prize.
Commit yourself to do what it takes, to finish your race; your journey Home.
I hope you found some form of inspiration and encouragement in this series that makes you determined to journey well.
As always: in His love and mine!