I walk as my exercise, generally only 5 km a day at marching speed (4 miles/hour). That for 4 to 5 times a week is usually enough unless there are many outside meals. An inexpensive exercise as there are no gym fees. Typically I walk on shaded streets within the neighborhood, but when my son told me about the hydro corridor near the back of his house, I decided to give it a try.
The pro is that I don’t have to contend with traffic compared to when I walk along major thoroughfares. At the hydro pathway there are only the occasional bicycles, plus a few folks like me out walking or jogging. A relatively quiet walk with fresh air instead of exhaust from cars. The con is that there are no shades at all, neither from the sun nor the rain. And if you need to go to the bathroom, there are no gas stations or malls nearby!
The Bible talks about walking too. In the OT Enoch and Noah walked with God. Both are righteous men. God called Abram to walk before Him. In the NT Christians are called to walk according to, or by, the Spirit:
• Gen 5:22, 24 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years … Enoch walked with God;
• Gen 6:9 … Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
• Gen 17:1 the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.
• Rom 8:4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
• Ga 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Although Scripture compares Christian life to “running a race” as well (1 Co 9:24; Heb 12:1), the race there is the marathon, a long-distance run, not a dash. The consistent call is to walk. To walk is to live. It concerns one’s conduct. It is to travel at a regular and fairly slow pace, never having both feet off the ground at once.
We are to walk with God consistently, communing with Him and seeking His guidance daily. It is to move forward and yet have one foot solidly planted on the ground at any time. We are not called to do a sprint, something spectacular but over quickly. It is a “long obedience in the same direction“. The pace is unhurried, as we consult God before we act. By doing so we will be blameless and not carry out the desire of the flesh. Isn’t it time we focus on walking and not run ahead of God?