Walking with Jesus
by Jonathan Bailey
“35 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Can you picture this? Jesus wakes up after a long and taxing day of healing bodies and teaching minds. He is physically tired but gets up early (‘still dark’ early). I would not be surprised if this was a regular practice for Him. Anyway, He slips on an outer garment and sandals and tries to escape unnoticed. As He slips out the front, the door gives Him away with a squeak and a creak. Peter hears and knows that Jesus is out for another early morning stroll and prayer session. For a split second Peter thinks about joining Him, but his body wins out and the bed welcomes him back with open arms. It’s dark. There is definitely a chill in the air. It’s just Jesus and Abba now. Finally in the quietness and solitude of the journey He can fix His mind on things above.
I am sure I took some liberties with the story. There is really little evidence the story unfolded like I described, but I wanted to give a life-like scenario of Jesus and His disciplines. I really believe our disciplines are a lot like Jesus’ disciplines. I am sure He encountered the same challenges and difficulties we do. It’s important that we study Jesus in the gospels and mimic Him. If we are going to follow Him and be His disciples, the least we can do is practice what He did. Right?
So our experiment this week is to pull our bodies out of bed and take a walk with Jesus & Abba.
Experiment 004: Walking with Jesus
It is pretty simple this week. It usually is. Sometime this week while it is still dark drag your butt out of bed, throw on some clothes and flip-flops and go for walk. When your annoying alarm goes off and you cannot believe ‘sleepy’ time went by so fast, just remember, it is at that precise point you decide to crucify your body. That is when we put flesh and blood on the statement, “Take up your cross and follow me.” As your walking, you may want to think about the scripture verse quoted above, meditate on portions of the Sermon on the Mount, or offer prayers for your family and friends. One of the most important things we can do in the morning is set our minds on Jesus. This is how we do it. I hope that you enjoy the walk this week. I hope that you will envision Jesus walking right there with you. Don’t be a lazy bum like Peter and miss out on walking with Jesus. Wake up and do it! And always remember Jesus’ words, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20).”
Seek the Kingdom,
PS. Perhaps the girls may not want to walk alone in the dark at night, so perhaps the husbands or friends could walk at the same time but separately. That way both parties could be comfortable as they walk. Just a thought. Don’t let fear scare you though, Jesus will be with you!