Enoch walked with God. – Genesis 5:24
December 5, 2017
Last week, I wrote about what was a very God-filled day of my life. After reading “Practicing His Presence” I don’t know how many times, for one day, I got close to what the authors encourage their readers to do. I’ll just go ahead and admit that after that day, I was kind of pitiful. The rest of the days that week weren’t even close to that Monday. I mention this for two reasons: For one, people tend to think that I walk on water all the time hand in hand with Jesus. I can assure you that, just like Peter, I take my eyes off of Him more times than I can count, and I tend to sink more often than I’d like. The other reason is because since then, I’ve had a breakthrough in practicing His Presence that I believe will help you as well.
Last Monday I was so acutely aware of His presence for the majority of the day. I realized that I mostly would forget about Him when I stayed in one place too long. For example, when conversing about work, my mind would go there completely, and the awareness of God disappeared. If I talked about Clemson football or Tiger Woods returning to golf . . . gone. But, God zapped me with His Presence again each time I left those conversations and walked to my next destination, even if it was a short walk.
Enoch’s name means “dedicated.” Enoch had to walk everywhere he went. I’m thinking that every time he traveled on foot, his walks were dedicated to practicing the presence of God. He did not walk as other men walked. Others were probably thinking of their business at hand, the pleasures awaiting them, or a plethora of other things that tend to consume our human minds. When everyone else was thinking of everything else but God, Enoch thought of God.
So, I put it to the test. Every time I walked somewhere, even if it was just to the kitchen or the bathroom, every time I drove (which is really easy when it’s just me and Him), I just brought God to mind. For the most part, I didn’t use any words at all. It’s like a mental light switch gets turned off when I enter a room to teach, work on something, or sit down to watch television. But, when I start walking somewhere, the switch turns on and BAM . . .
There He is.
I know people who would say, “God is always there” and He is. However, our awareness of God being there is not always there . . . at least it isn’t for me. But, this idea of every time I walk I walk with Him just might be the springboard I’ve been looking for to eventually spend every day, every hour, every minute, and every moment aware of His Presence.
This past Sunday Lifeline Community Church was packed. We had to pull out extra chairs. Right before I went up, I looked around and got nervous and scared. I took my eyes off Him just for a moment and put my eyes on people. I began to think I wasn’t prepared and I wondered if I’d fall flat on my face, literally and figuratively. Then, I walked and that switch turned right back on. I stopped at the altar and knelt down before my God, and man did He ever send an electric current through my soul! I made that short walk up the ramp and onto the platform with Him. It was so nice. I had one more prayer to make before I was completely calm and focused, but I love the way Jesus can melt my anxieties away.
He really did come that we might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Lord, every time these readers walk today, may they imagine walking with you. Make yourself real to them. Help us who call ourselves Christians to walk all the time in your ways and in your presence.