When I was a little girl one of my favorite Bible stories was the one about Enoch. There’s not much really written about him, no more than a line or two. But those scant phrases lit a fire in my imagination that never went out. Enoch walked with God and he was no more because God took him. Imagine. To have a relationship with your Creator such that the Inventor of the universe would bend the rules of life and death to be with you. To set off one day and just never come back. I’ve wondered often about it. What was so Special about Enoch? — how did he get so good at praying? — what was his spiritual secret?
I’m starting to realize that I’ve had the story all wrong. It’s not a story about a special man, but a story about a special God. A God who loves to be with us. A God who makes Himself accessible — makes it easy even, to find Him and to share our lives with Him.
I’ve been learning to walk with God. To listen for His voice. Here’s how it looks for me. I quiet my thoughts. The usual clutter that skips around in my brain: what bills need to be paid? how am I going to get that project done at work? I think we’re almost out of milk — I let that settle down without feeding it. And then I’m still. I ask God to come and I wait for Him.
When my mind wanders off again as it inevitably does I pull it back and I try again. I’m often distracted during this time with self-destructive thoughts and negative habits. Refusing those cravings brings to light the pain that was hiding underneath them. I let myself feel it.
God often comes for me in a feeling deep in my stomach. A warmth and a feeling of peace radiates through me. I talk. I listen. I draw closer.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. How do you walk with God?