Echoes From the Campfire

If it weren’t for the ugly an’ the evil, we wouldn’t know the beautiful an’ good.”
              –Zane Grey  (The Mysterious Rider)

    “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
              –Proverbs 3:7 (NKJV)
I was in the ol’ steel mount the other day.  Some of my best pondering and philosophyzing is done while traveling; the problem is that when I stop I can’t remember most of what was floating through my mind to write it down.  However, on this particular day, I was pondering and the title of an old song came to me:  “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked” by Geoffrey O’Hara.  It’s not a song that is normally sung in church except as a special, but I began to ponder.
    Even as a historian I have not had a real hankering to go to the Middle East.  I know it is almost a requirement by some; sort of a Christian hajj.  I figure that during the Millennium I will be able to enjoy the region more fully.  It might be nice to see the places where Jesus lived and traveled.  I’m the kind of person who likes to see these things and then think about those times.  I have done that for years when traveling through our great country, but it is not a requirement to go to the roads where Jesus trod.
    As I continued on my journey from Coldspring to Cleveland, the title wouldn’t leave my mind.  The rest of the song didn’t seem significant, but the title stayed with me.  I began to think of the steps of the Lord and if I truly believe the Holy Writ then it seems I should be traveling where Jesus walked.  If I am in His will, then He guides my steps, and walks right beside me.
    The “Paracletos”, some versions have the “Comforter,” others the “Advocate,” “Counselor,” or “Helper.”  Neither quite sums it up for the Holy Spirit is Someone who walks beside.  He is for sure our advocate in the courtroom, our counselor for all of life’s needs, our helper when we need more strength to get through the day.  At times He wraps His arms around us, or gives us a “high-five”; but often He may have to give us a kick in the seat of the pants, and may even drive us into the wilderness.  In other words, He gives us what we need!
    So, as I travel through life’s journey, I should be walking where Jesus walked.  If I am truly the “temple of the Holy Spirit,” then where I go, He goes.