“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8)
Finio Roher, of the BBC, writes of the slow death of “walking.” Roher reminds us that Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth, and Virginia Wolf were famous for their long walks. Bruce Feiler, discovered fame by “Walking the Bible.”
“Walking with God includes your feet .”
Before Jesus walked up and down Palestine (cf. The Miles Jesus Walked), the Lord God walked in the garden in the cool of the day.” (cf. Genesis 3:8). The most famous “walker of God” was Enoch. He “walked” with God and he was not for God took him (cf Genesis 5:22) Psalm 119 adds, “Blessed are they whose way is blameless who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who observe his decrees, who seek him with all their heart” (cf. Psalm 119: 1-2).
Why do Jews walk to synagogue? It’s their way of unplugging from the world of work. As God rested from all His creation, so do His people. It’s a time of refreshing and remembering God’s covenant (cf. Exodus 20:11).
Jesus asks us to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us so that we become children of God.” Failure to forgive is to become like the tax collectors and pagans.
“Each time we walk in love we renew our vows”
The reason why walk in love (cf. Ephesians 5:3) is because it’s God’s way of renewing His covenant with us. Each time we walk in love (i.e. forgive our enemies as Christ forgave us (cf. Ephesians 4:32), we renew our vows.
Do you have a hard time forgiving? Start Walking. While your smartphone has GPS capabilities, it doesn’t know your spiritual trajectory. Who knows what will happen if you take a tech-free walk? Jacob and Esau forgave each other when they both started their trek. Every pilgrimage is really a walk to experience the miracle of forgiveness. Christ asks to walk the difficult way of the Via Dolorosa so that we can join Him on the Road to Emmaus.