The Walk

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Exodus 12:37-38 – The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. (NIV)

My mare, Mama, came to us with a crippled leg. How long she had been this way, I do not know. She needed a home, however, so we welcomed her, along with her son, Frank, who became my cart pony.

Whenever I would take Frank out for a buggy ride, however, Mama would stand at the corral fence and whinny. She wanted to come as well. So I decided to try exercising her, from time to time, along with Frank, which means that we had to walk very slowly. Frank could not trot or gallop or even walk quickly around our usual route when Mama was limping along behind the cart attached to a lead rope. It means that in the summer, we couldn't outrun the bugs, and in the winter, we got colder as the trip took longer. But for Mama, it meant the joy of exercise, health, and inclusion, things which required both Frank and I to have great patience and understanding. And yes, I do believe that as a horse, Frank did understand Mama's condition, for he never tried to go more quickly than she was able to keep up with when tagging along behind.

When Moses led the people out of Egypt, he, too, had to go slowly: as slowly as necessary for the most pregnant woman or beast, or for the smallest walking child or infirm person or oldest senior to be able to keep up with the community. It took great patience and understanding.

Likewise, within our families, churches, workplaces, and communities, sometimes it takes great patience and understanding when it comes to achieving common goals and purpose. Every person is unique and travels at their own pace in regards to thought process and physical, spiritual, and emotional maturity. This does not mean that the goal or purpose cannot be reached. But it does mean that it may take a lot longer than we would like. However, it also means opportunity: opportunity for those of us who like to run and rush ahead to cultivate the patience and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ within our innermost being, in order to ensure that our journey with others is as peaceable, positive, and productive as possible.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the journey of life which we are all taking together. Grant us the desire within our hearts to learn patience and understanding for others, that great things may be achieved as we travel toward common goals and purposes. In Jesus' name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Hi, Lynne: Great message! Observing animals gives us many lessons worth learning – and a lot of joy!

    Been there, done that, and never more truer words have been spoken.
    Good devotional.

    This was a great lesson Lynne. If animals can learn patience, hopefully we can too!

    Just great! And oh how we need to learn patience and understanding!
    Keep writing.

    Well said Lynne. We are just sojourners, pilgrims waiting to reach our heavenly abode; everyone at different levels of maturity.
    Thanks for your unique description.

    Good morning Lynne,
    I really enjoyed Today’s Devotional. Definitely one of your best. Thank you and Bless you for all the time and thought you give to your writing as God moves you.

    Lynne – Another thoughtful meditation, reminding us to be patient with our brothers and sisters in Christ, with those who have yet to join the family of God and with ourselves. I’m grateful to Him for the patience He has shown to me through this journey called life.

    Lynne: I shall refer only to one of your words ‘patience’ which you included in this day’s Devotional.
    Our patience is nothing compared to the Patience our Lord must exercise as He still loves us in spite of our weak faith and behaviour.
    And so, Lynne, thank you for your applicable Devotional.

    Good Morning Lynne:
    What a kind master you were to care enough to move at a slower pace so that the mother of your young friend could trot along with you and her little one at a pace comfortable to her.
    Your words are words of wisdom and sound instruction and are indeed a light unto our path – teaching us that rushing ahead is not always the best and most rewarding way to go.
    Blessings always for your great, great messages.

    Oh Lynne, I did enjoy this lovely inspirational message.
    I look forward to the day when your writings may be published in book form one day.
    The Lord has given you a wonderful gift and you are using it well.
    Blessings on your day today!

    Dear Lynne;
    Great devotional! God bless you.

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