One of the most difficult things for me to do is just be. I’m spending a little time in my hometown this summer so that I can recharge by slowing down considerably. Believe it or not, I have. Of course I’ve made plans to visit a few people, spend time with my family, and connect with others to prepare for our event in October, and the Lord is ordering my steps. I feel confident that I won’t end my vacation exhausted this year. My mind will be clear, focused, and firing on all cylinders.
Today, I took a page from my walking regimen and slowed it down considerably. I invited local ladies from my online community of Trailblazers to join me for a prayer walk through a section of my hometown. Ever since I read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, I’ve been planning to pray circles around the Jericho walls in my life. I realize that it’s not necessary to actually walk the distance as the Israelites did, but if God had given me specific instructions on how to raze my Jericho walls, I would’ve obeyed immediately.
While in town, I decided to spend each day walking through sections of my hometown and praying for the families who live within the path I circled. On day one, I prayed for their spiritual, physical, and financial needs — noting so many homes in disrepair and so few businesses in that part of the community. Today was day two, and I spent it with three ladies who were so eager to start that they beat me to the meeting place. Our slow walk through an area known as Backatown was just what we needed. The air was still, and it was overcast. We waved at passersby trying to figure out what we were doing since we weren’t really in a hurry. We even chatted a bit with those sitting on their porches enjoying coffee or something stronger.
As we neared the end of our circle, we prayed for our small circle of sisters — for our continued health, strength, and affection for God. In the words of Ice Cube, today was a good day.