In October I spent a week of solitude in a cabin at Henry Horton State Park. One of the things that I did during that week was “prayer-walking” There have been a lot of things going on in our church recently and of course in my own life as well with Claire’s cancer. And I used that opportunity to walk, reflect and just be very honest and open with God about........ well, everything that was going on. So I walked (forward), took a few photos, walked some more and prayed and prayed out loud.
Now I suspect if anyone saw me during my prayer walk, they might have been a bit concerned as well. It’s not usual or typically normal behavior for a person to be by himself or herself and have a very animated conversation, apparently with himself or herself. Yet that is what they may well have seen with me, complete with hand gestures to get my point across. To my knowledge no one saw me, and if they did, they didn’t ask anyone to check on me. But those walks were some of the highlights of that week. Talking honestly and openly with God and being reminded from his Word, past sermons (I do preach to myself and remember the applications) and listening for the still small voice to lead and guide me along my way.
At one point on my first walk there was a soft but steady breeze blowing and I happened to be walking next to a large pine tree that had very long and soft needles. The sound was nothing like I’d ever heard before. It was a gentle, almost whispering sound. I stopped and listened and thought of the still small voice that Elijah heard when he was struggling with what God wanted him to do (1 Kings 19). I prayed that God would speak to me in that same still small voice as well so that I would know his will for me and for this church. And so the prayer walking continued with more speaking and more hand gesturing.
I realize that it may be difficult for you to prayer-walk like I did. It’s hard to do that in a busy city with cars buzzing by, fire engine sirens blaring and all the other sounds. But find a quiet place in your home or in a park and pray-walk. Tell God exactly what is on your mind and be prepared to listen as well. There may well be a still small voice that you hear as well reminding you that God has you and he won’t ever let you go.