WALKING FOR JESUS
In January 1009 the Lord gave me the commission from Genesis 13:17 “Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you” – I understood that to mean in revival.
We did it!! I have walked with Jesus through the length – John O’ Groats to Land’s End and breadth (twice) – Inverness to Fort William and Glasgow to Edinburgh of this land but I say ‘we’ because I couldn’t have done it without your loving support expressed in so many ways. A huge thank you to everyone of you who prayed, printed leaflets, trained me, taught me to map read! walked with me, kept the web site updated, gave so generously, transported me from place to place, fed me, text and phoned me en route with encouragement. You were all absolutely wonderful but don’t think you can stop now. The walking may have stopped but the revival has only just begun. HERE’S HOW I KNOW.
‘A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps’ Proverbs 16:9. As I walked I planned my way but the Lord frequently directed my steps via different paths as I got lost, went the wrong way, in the stopping places He found, in those I engaged with and even in going back. Anyone who has walked with me knows that ’I don’t do going back’! On this day the Lord had other ideas. It was Thursday 31st May, I was on my own and no I wasn’t lost but I had lost my map case. It had dropped off in the wind and I hadn’t noticed until going over a style, and there were many of them, on which it always got caught. I needed those maps to plan my way so I had to go back about 500 metres before I found them.
Then there was the tiny chapel of St John the Baptist set in a beautiful and secluded valley in the hamlet of Churchtown. I planned to stop, view the ‘exquisite biblical wall texts’ as the guide book put it, pray for the people of Churchtown and leave a leaflet in the chapel. I stopped at the bottom of the steep descent into Churchtown to talk to two walkers, then crossed the road and followed the ‘waymark’ acorn up the steep ascent on the other side. It wasn’t until I stopped to catch my breath, turned and looked back that I realized, hidden by a high hedge I had walked right past the tiny chapel. I could feel the Lord prompting me ‘go back, go back, not for maps but for Me’. How could I do anything else? So back I went.
The chapel was open but cold and lifeless. I viewed the biblical wall texts (very similar but not as good as St Thomas’ Church!), prayed for the citizens of Churchtown and then closing the door behind me as requested, to keep the swallows out, I retraced my steps up the steep slope only to be halted once more when the Lord prompted me again with ’what about the leaflet you were going to leave in the chapel?’ I stood still looking down on the chapel and the words of Psalm 46:10 came to me, ’be still and know that I am God’. I was still and God could do it (whatever ’it’ was) without my leaflet. However be still doesn’t mean do nothing BUT calmly get on with what has to be done, then pray, trust and watch how God works it all out.
So back I went again to leave a leaflet in the chapel. I wrote words to this effect on the leaflet ‘I visited here 31.05.12 and prayed for the folk of Churchtown. God bless you all’ then pinned the leaflet to the notice board in the porch. I retraced my steps for the third time. Three times I trudged up that steep ascent opposite the chapel but this time as I stopped at the top and looked down on the hamlet of Churchtown my thought pattern went something like this – three times – three persons – Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Lord must have something very special in store for this hamlet. Then I found myself praying for revival to come to that hamlet and asking the Lord for the entire population, every man, woman, and child to be saved so that life and the fire of the Holy Spirit might burst forth from that chapel in glorious worship to the Lord. Impossible?
God never calls you to do what you can;
He calls you to do what HE can.
Revival is coming; let us continue to pray and seek God until it comes.