Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Old Friends & And The Journey

When meeting with old friends, it is lovely they way they remind you of one another. This morning for me, the old friends are the apostle James, the prophet Micah and F. LaGard Smith.

In Sunday School we are studying the letter of James with his reminder of what true religion is.

Dr. Smith reminds in Meeting God in Quiet Places that Noah walked with God as did Enoch. But the prophet Micah shows us that "walking with God leads us to the very heart of our purpose for living."

He has showed you, O man,
what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly
and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6.8

Loving is earnestly desiring and delighting in.
Walking is doing so carefully and perseveringly, making progress on the journey

Humbly mean submissively. (from the Greek definitions)

And James gives the three aspects of true religion as the controlled tongue, the ministering, sacrificing spirit and a life unstained by the world and its ways.

These all strike with very pointed arrows deep into the heart of me.

My life just now seems a far cry from the quiet Cotswold country lanes Dr. Smith walks. Yet...and yet...wwould not every lane of my journey be quiet and yes, peaceful if these simple requests were followed? If I truly walk with my God, how could I walk other than submissively? How could I be other than unhurried, unstained and quietly peaceful?

A new day, a new focus.

Thanks be to my faithful, longsuffering God and Life companion.
Onward, still onward!


  1. Peace, quiet...a wee cottage in the country with a wee brook to sit by...wouldn't it be loverly!

  2. A friendship with Micah gave my husband his overarching life verse just about a decade ago. For me, Micah 6:8 was the first verse upon which the discipline of scripture memorization was introduced to this young believer 33 years ago. I never find myself not needing a re-reminding of its pure and piercing profundity. (I realize my poor grammar and double negatives here, but it how the words rolled out!)
    Thank you for pushing this verse to the forefront for me right now.