I read a statement by an author sometime ago that stuck with me. The statement was made by Peter Jenkins, bestselling travel author of A Walk Across America published in 1973, which spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list.
He wrote the story of his experiences as he walked across the country from New York down through the states and ending in Oregon. He covered 5,000 miles while carrying a 70-75 pound backpack and his dog Cooper walked by his side. He also wrote Walk Across America: Part II. Both books cover his experiences of six years of walking.
He traveled through wind, rain, ice, blizzard, and searing heat. He endured snake bites, animal attacks, being hit by a car, mugged three times, stabbed, and cheated, having his dog run over and killed, going through 40 pairs of shoes, and more. He found Christ in Alabama in the mid ’70s.
As reporters surrounded him at the end of his journey, one reporter asked him what the one thing was that caused him to get the closest to quitting.
His answer? Sand! Grains of sand in his shoes. He had to walk for weeks before being able to get new shoes. He could not get the sand out of the old ones. Step after step, the sand ground away on his feet.
Little bits of sand hindered his walk. I wonder if it made him walk funny.
Little bits of sand hinder our walk and make us walk funny. Not ha-ha funny, but strange-contrary funny.
What little grains of sand hinder our daily walk with the Lord? Oh, we know about the big things, but what about the little things, like little irritations, little sins, little disappointments, or little discouragements that we allow to grind away at our spirits?
Do we recognize those nagging, little doubts, worries, or fears that scrape away at our hearts, those things that keep us from walking in the way the Lord desires for us? Don’t those make our feet walk funny…contrary to the Lord’s purpose?
Anything that becomes a daily grind and affects our walk with God is a hindrance.
Jesus came to walk with us, to remove the grit and irritants from our hearts, our feet, our lives. Sometimes, that means letting Him carry us across the gritty and abrasive circumstances.
Do you have any irritants grating on your heart and hindering your walk? Have you had any grinding bits of sand in your shoes lately? Have you been walking funny?
To keep the sand out of your shoes, let Him carry you and your burdens.
“Since God cares for you, let Him carry
all your burdens and worries.”
1 Peter 5:7 Voice
***Mr. Jenkins has a Facebook page if you’d like to visit him.