On Days It Pays To Walk Away




 So shall the king greatly desire your beauty: since he is your Lord, worship him.
Psalm 45:1


I pulled into the beach parking lot at six in the morning. I knew that my regular walking partner would not be there, but another friend had mentioned joining me, so I made sure to show up. I sat in my car, opened the small devotional I had brought along for just such a waiting moment and I waited.

By 6:15 it was clear that for reasons unknown to me, my friend was not coming. I smiled and stepped out of my car, breathing in the glorious morning. There is nothing quite like the smell of morning and ocean together. If optimism and hope have a smell, I believe it resides in that particular combination.

It was at this precise moment that I suspected my Lord had wanted me.


I find that God has to use my own thinking and motives to get me to the place He knows I need to be. I had pushed myself out of the door because  I did not want to let my friend down. Sometimes the best quiet quality time with my Lord  is enjoyed when I set my Bible, Journal and Devotions aside and hit the ground running!

Well, at least walking…as in – with my Savior.

This particular morning I looked to the right, then left. I was the only person on that beautiful stretch of sandy, pebbly beach and I smiled broad at the thought of it.
He desires me. All to Himself.

He orchestrated the details of this date perfectly.

Ya know, every once in a while I need reminding.
God does not desire to be another check on my To Do list.

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me. Song of Solomon 7:10

He desires…Me.
He desires you too, my friend.

Yes, we should be in the routine of studying His Word, praying and having personal devotion times among other spiritual disciplines. But more than anything from days of old we need to remember that God desires Us. He longs to walk and talk and fellowship with us. Isn’t that the amazing difference and beauty of our Christian Faith. A God who desires us, pursues us and loves us to the uttermost. May we hold fast to the reality of this Living God. The One who enjoys spending time walking with us. Some days it just pays to walk away.

8 Responses to On Days It Pays To Walk Away
  1. Laura Rath
    May 19, 2013 | 8:19 am

    “God does not desire to be another check on my To Do list.” — A reminder it seems I need all too often. I really enjoyed your words here this morning, Dawn. Thank you.

  2. susie klein
    May 19, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    I love this so much. You captured a beautiful moment here. God loves to be alone with us, so easy to forget in the busy-ness.

  3. Mandy
    May 19, 2013 | 8:02 pm

    Really beautiful, Dawn! Such a great reminder.

  4. Stacy
    May 19, 2013 | 8:45 pm

    This was beautiful, Dawn! Once again it’s like you are writing what’s in my own head and heart. I have been in the same place (Okay, not the beach…so jealous of that!)…of knowing with absolute clarity that I was right where God wanted me to be with no one and nothing to distract me from him. My moments have happened in the woods, on a mountain and in a church. I love the beach, but haven’t managed to ever be alone there. I can only imagine…

  5. denise
    May 20, 2013 | 1:14 am

    Amen, so very true.

  6. shanyns
    May 20, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Bless you! This is so right, so wonderfully written. He does want us to Himself.

  7. Charis
    May 21, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    i find i have the best times with God when i either go on a walk alone or go running! i really find i can hear clearer, feel His presence more, and just have that heart connection in those times. this totally reminded me of that neat dynamic.

  8. laura
    May 21, 2013 | 9:24 pm

    This actually gave me butterflies! I’ve felt this before, Dawn–the way He pulls me away to be with Him…all alone. This is so lovely. Thank you.