In my minds eye I see: The two leaned in and exchanged words. Only a murmur could be heard as they spoke in hushed tones. Intense in their conversation, they paid no attention to anyone else around them. Focused and committed, it was obvious the two were close friends! Out of the murmur came a belly – felt laugh. Bursting forth with animation, the two laughed util the tears fell! Holding their sides, their guffaws subsided and they began to take notice of the passer-by’s and walked for a moment in contented silence.
They walked. And walked.
Every day they walked together.
They? Who were they?
One was God, himself….the other was Enoch.
Do you know him?
His story is found in the book of Hebrews. This is what was said of him: “By faith, Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death…God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5 Here’s where the sandal comes into the picture. The Sandal represents Enoch and his walk with God. It is clearly inferred that Enoch had a close walk with God and that pleased Him. And as Enoch walked closely with God, he surely acted in a way that pleased God. Sooooo much so…. God could not resist and just took him. Where? To the heavenly realms. Why? for eternal fellowship with God.
CAN. YOU. IMAGINE?
My mouth hangs open in thought for a moment!
What kind of walk that must have been!
And then, I take a look at my own walk…..
how does it compare?
“And without faith it is impossible to please God….” Hebrews 11:6a
The next questions beg to ask… how strong is my faith? How am I expressing my faith? Am I pleasing God? And so I leave that to pondering. For me. For you…. This is a glimpse at Part I of what I shared this past weekend with about 70 women at the Lakeside Christian Camp and Conference Center in Pittsfield, MA.
Stay tuned for Part II & III & IV of this sharing!