This Walk… (Part 2)
by Kristen Cox ◊ Nov 19, 2010
The truth is that any stories worth living will probably not unfold in glorious perfection at our first attempt. Besides, stories like that are just plain dull. The best stories are fraught with suspense, when the most unlikely heroes seem doomed to fail in the beginning…and yet in the end, against the odds, they become so much more than they could ever have hoped.
That gives me hope, because when it comes to unlikely heroes with terrible beginnings, I am a prime candidate. So, I’m going to start living a better story, starting today. Starting with this walk.
Yes, I’m finishing this walk. That’s my next chapter. At first glance, you might assume it will be a pretty quiet story – a real sleeper. But, you’d be wrong. This journey is packed with suspense and uncertainty. Sure, the only obstacles I really have are my own resolve and this body that would much rather curl up on the couch with a package of Double Stuff Oreos than hit the road. But trust me – those are big obstacles, literally and figuratively. The 70 miles I’ve walked haven’t always been easy – and the 930 that remain won’t be either. Still, I know this journey is significant. After all, He’s never asked me to do anything like this in my 39 years. He’s got to have a reason and purpose to it all.
I plan to talk to Him about everything. I’m going to ask Him lots of questions, and then I’m gonna write down the answers. A little further down this road, I might even incorporate a few other heartfelt hopes into my story. But not now. For now, it’s Jesus and me, on this road together. Sure, the performer in me wants to jump ahead. I want to speculate about the big things I hope to do. I want to dazzle you. I want to distract myself.
To do that, I could tell you all about the books I hope to finally publish, or the great love I hope to finally find, or the 3,993 children who are awaiting adoption in a certain State, and how the strategist and persuader in me hopes to someday convince the 5,000-plus churches in that same State to find a home within their church family for just one child so that, as a faith community, we can eradicate that number. When you look at the digits, it seems so possible. Doesn’t it? Yeah, I’d like to jump ahead.
But I won’t. For now, I’m just a girl on a walk…this walk.
Reprinted by permission. Acquired from www.thiswalk.wordpress.com.