God has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8
Sometimes I get lost in the demands of a given day. Do you? Pick up this kid at this time, meet this person at that time, be at this meeting, eat something healthy and not just junk thrown in to your throat on the way somewhere else, make your deadline, oh yea, take time to pray. It can be a lot. One of our elders at church reminds me, “This is a weird world.” It is. There’s so much hurry, so much worry, demands that could eat you alive if you don’t find your way, a life-giving way, through it all.
That’s why I love this definitive word from the prophet Micah. Here’s what’s necessary: walk with God. If we do this, then the other two parts of this verse come. It’s not do justice, embrace faithful love, and then, go walk with God. Micah’s structure saves the most important for last (like 1 Corinthians: there’s faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love). Walking with God, that’s it. All that’s required by our Maker and Keeper. Because it is the hardest and the easiest thing. The rest flows from that.
Sometimes I’ll realize I’m walking beside someone, but I’m not with them, you know? We could be on two different planets. But when I become aware, alive, awake to the person I’m with, then it’s like, “Hello! How are you?” And I am with them. I notice the lines around their eyes that crinkle when they smile and the sighs of their chests and the words not being said. And I’m with them.
My favorite thing in the world is when my husband Joe and I are walking through a crowded place, just getting through, you know, and then I feel his hand on my back. And I know, we’re walking through with each other. It completely changes my experience. I’m grounded. I remember what’s important. Or when a child puts her small hand in mine. Or an elderly friend leans just a little on my elbow. Reaching out for God’s touch. This is all that’s required.
May you walk humbly with God on this Lenten day.