Volume 11 Issue 11
Are You Walking or Crawling?
Why crawl once you can walk? Have you ever seen a toddler, who is toddling (thus can walk), drop down and crawl? Why? I can think of a few reasons, as I see this when I work in the nursery at church: Speed… confidence… focus. He knows what he wants and he knows the best and fastest way to get there. In walking he is testing each step, uncertain and trepidatious.
There are times in life when we need to walk tall and other times when it might be better to drop and crawl. Can you think of any examples? As a new Christian, like many others, I was on fire for the Lord. I wanted to shout the news to everyone I met. In some cases, mostly with other Christians, this was great. With other people, I often shot myself in the foot. What I thought, and continue to think, is the greatest news ever, others don’t always want to hear. So, there are times that now, rather than running forward screaming and shouting, I have discerned that it is better to walk with head raised, or maybe walk tall (I am, after all, a princess of the King) but maybe with head lowered – just to keep my head from being bashed in. Sometimes I’ve even learned to crawl.
For instance, just recently I was having a conversation with a gentleman who eschews organized churches. That’s fine. But as we spoke, I realized that he believes in Salvation by parents choosing to have you sprinkled. Yes, there are churches that teach if you christen a baby, that seals the baby for heaven. It doesn’t matter what the child does or doesn’t do in life, it matters not whether they ever learn about the Lord, His Son, or the Holy Spirit. They were sprinkled, therefore they are heaven bound. If only it were that simple!
I quickly realized that I needed to crawl around him. I asked some questions and made a few comments, then withdrew. I will need to crawl slowly and steadily, praying continuously for the Lord to provide me the right timing and the right words, and for his heart to be open to Biblical truths.
Other times, however, I have not only walked, I have almost strutted. Recently I was a speaker at a Christian event. I don’t know why, but some gentleman chose to give me a hard time before the event. I don’t think he realized that I was the speaker, and I don’t think he meant any harm, but he was just short of nasty. Afterwards he came over and apologized to me. Forgiven. That fast. No worries. However, he then chose to explain that he was just joking. Nope. I decided, in a split second, to walk tall. I gently stopped him, and said, “No, you were being rude.” I really did. It took everything I had, but I did it. His response was humble and fabulous. He agreed, then said, “Thank you for saying that. I needed to hear it.” Wow!
So, when I chose to stand tall, and walk with confidence in Christ, I was rewarded with an amazing moment. Speak the truth in love, right?
I don’t plan on being that bold all the time, and hope I don’t need to speak like that ever again! There will be many times when I will choose to crawl, to walk carefully. Maybe sometimes I’ll toddle, and if I do, I’m sure I’ll fall down. That’s what happens when learning a new trick – you bobble it.
The one thing I hope I never do is walk bowed over as though afraid. I have done that. There have been times when I should have stood up; I should have spoken out; I should have stated the truth in love. Instead, I have walked away, or hung my head, or kept my mouth shut when, in Christ, I should have spoken up. I do my best to avoid that, after a lifetime of lessons.
By the way, I realized just a few days ago that today, November 1, 2017, I am 35 years old in Christ. I came to a saving knowledge in 1982 – a lifetime ago. It remains the single best decision I’ve ever made. May I walk in the confidence of Jesus’ love for the rest of my life.
Blessings in Christ,