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Living daily with God will help focus our steps

What about this idea of God’s guidance in our lives?

I have to admit that I am not the type of person that prays over every daily decision such as, “Shall I pick up the cleaning or shall I take out the trash?” But I do know that spiritual vision involves seeing God in our daily steps and making him the focal point of our mindset. I have a good example in making that point about God guiding our daily steps.

During my childhood, our family made many visits to relatives who lived in the area around Memphis, Tennessee. So it was during my early years that I began to develop an affinity for the city of Memphis. In fact, that was carried through to years later when Charlie and I decided to take our honeymoon trip to Memphis.

What is the attraction? The Mississippi River, the parks and even the Memphis Zoo are spectacular. The mood of the city brings back the nostalgia of my childhood and family roots. Surprisingly one of the main memories I have of Memphis might seem dull to the average tourist: It’s Overton Park in downtown Memphis.

For me as a little girl, it seemed like an immense park with promenade walks all around it and a quadrant filled with trees, grass and park benches. People in the downtown area waited on buses or just sat and relaxed in this beautiful park. The park was filled with thousands of pigeons, and the pigeons were accustomed to being fed by the people who sat around on park benches. On one of our trips to Memphis, Mother and Daddy took us downtown to Overton Park to experience feeding the pigeons. This was real excitement for two little New Mexico girls.

Even though there might not have been any pigeons around, as soon as we sat down on one of the park benches in Overton Park, we would hear a fluttering and the pigeons would flock on every side of us, hoping to be fed. I thought that they walked so peculiar, a really crazy gait. Then years later I found why pigeons walk the way they do. I read an article in a science magazine written by a bird expert. He said that pigeons can’t focus on a main point or subject or what is ahead of them when they are walking, so the pigeon has to hold his head entirely still between stops to get his eyes in focus again. So the result is a crazy walk that involves a stop with each step.

So what is the point? But as an adult I can relate a spiritual principal to that pigeon experience because at times my spiritual walk is erratic like the pigeon. I sometimes do not have Christ as my focal point when I am going about my daily duties and obligations. In fact sometimes the things I say and the things I do are the result of a walk that is not focused on Christ but distracted by the routine things of the world. When I get like that, I have to stop, refocus and think about my walk.

The Bible affirms this principle that we must live daily with God to direct our steps. We can approach God about the issues in our lives. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: That if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14) God will direct us He will teach us. The Psalmist wrote: “Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:4-5)

When God is daily our focal point, our walks will be more purposeful and peaceful.

Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at:

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