The mall is an interesting and busy place to observe. A friend asked if I could manage her table for her today until 4 p.m. so she could do another show. I enjoy people watching, helping a friend and of course, the mall. Instead of being the shopper, I was the retailer today. It was very slow in the morning so I enjoyed conversation with my retail neighbor, Linda and nearly completed Dr. Dobson’s book When God Doesn’t Make Sense. In between the few sales I had and reading, I enjoyed watching the people patronizing, browsing, and walking the mall.
One couple in particular captured my attention. They were a seasoned couple, with gray hair and a love for each other evident to all who slowed to notice them. As they walked with their one (yes, one) walker in the middle of them – they exchanged smiles and a wink while passing my table. He walked to the left holding all the bags for his bride in his left hand and holding on to the walker with his right. She walked to the right of the walker, holding it with her left hand with only her handbag to carry on her right shoulder. Neither walked too fast or too slow, but at just the right pace so the neither was any farther ahead, or behind. She must have needed a break yet without any words, her knight in shining armor understood and paused until she caught her breath and adjusted her purse slipping off her shoulder.
As I watched them walk in unison, able to communicate without a single word I thought – isn’t this what God wants of us. To walk “with” him – not ahead of him or behind him but right where He wants us to be. What would have happened if everyone racing past this couple would have slowed for a moment to enjoy the synchronized and blessed relationship between the two? I pray to walk with God – not before or after. He wants us totally dependent on Him…
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take
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Lisa M Buske
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