Welcome friend to the Long Walk..
Come, lean in for just a moment.
Do you feel it some days? Like time and life swirl around us, pulling us along in their current, dragging us through our days. There are days in life when it can feel in all the flood of time we have no handles, nothing to hold onto, no-one holding us, holding us together, holding our head above water as we wash away in rush, drowning in busyness.
But in all the whirl there is always one hand, though we often miss it. A strong arm reaching out against the current of life, the strong grip of God reaching through all time, into our time, pulling us to the surface, to the shore, letting us fill our lungs once more with a gasp, with the oxygen of time standing still, the deep breath of stillness in a soul, of inhaling joy, wonder, hope and peace. Deep peace. Real hope.
Because despite what all the advertisements say, hope isn’t something you can buy. Hope, isn’t a feeling, isn’t an attitude, isn’t an idea, isn’t an outcome. Hope is a person. And that person has been journeying towards this moment in time with you from before all time began.
This corner of the internet, right here where you are, this story called ‘The Long Walk…’ is an invitation for you to explore the one true story underneath every other true story, the story of how God left behind Heaven to come to this crazy beautiful broken world to find each one of us. It is an invitation to grab the hand He offers, and let His strong arm pull you out of the current for a moment, for a season. To relearn how to breathe, long and deep and slow. Relearn how to see, eyes alive in wonder. Relearn how to hear and recognise His voice. To experience Life through the eyes of Jesus, this Jesus, the real one, with Galilean dust in His sandals and the depth of a thousand galaxies in His eyes. To sidle up beside Him as He walks toward the cross, learning afresh how to stay in step, walking with God on His long walk to find humanity, to find us in all our wondering wanderings.
Where ever all your previous moments have left you, wherever all your previous experiences have lost you, He’s left heaven behind to find you, where ever you are on your road.
This is where you stand. Not at the end of the road, but the beginning.
The beginning of the ‘Long Walk with Jesus’.
Welcome to the journey.