I landed at lunch time, it was the start of my first business trip with a new job. With a quick scan of my email, I learned that one tentative meeting had cancelled and most others hadn’t confirmed-an emptiness filled me. I prayed, then replied to the email of the personal that had cancelled, hoping to reschedule-off I went to my lunch appointment.
During lunch, the canceled meeting became a 7 am breakfast the following morning, the lunch meeting generated a referral to a meeting the following afternoon, a 4 pm meeting confirmed. Thank you Jesus, I prayed, the first 24 hours of my trip secured.
The 7 am breakfast meeting began, I was given “Walking with God” by John Eldredge.
The rest of the trip went well. Tired, but thankful for the progress I had made, I boarded the plane for the flight home with my new book. The person that sat down beside me said, John Eldredge!, he’s a great author, one of my favorite books of his is “Wild at Heart.” The book identified between us a common thread, we each shared part of our story-I then started to read my new book. I read a few pages and came upon the couple paragraphs below, I asked my new friend to read them.
Praying now for the spouse of my new friend and their journey to walk with God.
Walking with God by John Eldredge, page x,xi
“The good news is you can’t figure out life like that. You can’t possibly master enough principles and disciplines to ensure that your life works out. You weren’t meant to, and God won’t let you. For he knows that if we succeed without him, we will be infinitely further from him. We will come to believe terrible things about the universe-things like I can make it on my own and if only I try harder, I can succeed. That whole approach to life-trying to figure it out, beat the ads, get on top of your game-it is utterly godless. Meaning, entirely without God. He is nowhere in those considerations. That sort of scrambling smacks more of the infamous folks who raised the tower of Babel than it does of those who walked with God in the garden in the cool of the day.
In the end, I’d much rather have God.
You might have heard the old saying “Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed him for the rest of his life.” The same holds true for life itself. If you give someone an answer, a rule, a principle, you help him solve one problem. But if you teach him to walk with God, well then, you’ve helped him solve the rest of his life. You’ve helped him tap into an inexhaustible source of guidance, comfort, and protection.
Really now, you you know you had the opportunity to develop a conversational intimacy with the wisest, kindest, most generous and seasoned person in the world, wouldn’t it make sense to spend your time with that person, as opposed to, say, slogging you way through on your own?
Whatever our situation in life–butcher, baker, candlestick maker-our deepest and most pressing need is to learn to walk with God. To hear his voice. To follow him intimately. It is the most essential turn of events that could ever take place in the life of any human being, for it brings us back to the source of life. Everything else we long for can then flow forth from this union.
But how do we get there?”