Are You Walking Dead? – Dawn Traylor
Are You Walking Dead?
“The Walking Dead” is a popular show right now averaging 13 million viewers and beginning it’s seventh season this fall.  It is about a group of survivors who struggle to adapt and survive in a post-apocalyptic world filled with walkers (zombies) and opposing groups of survivors. Regardless of whether you watch the show or not, I promise this article will be relevant to you, so keep reading! 
It has occurred to me that “The Walking Dead” can be an analogy for the world we live in today.  A world filled with people either walking dead or surviving.  I desire to be in the group that is surviving and not only surviving, but thriving.  As I pondered this, 2 Corinthians 5:7 came to mind. It states that “we walk by faith, not by sight”.  The amplified version renders it, “For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.”
Instead of “walking dead”, I have chosen to walk by faith and not by sight.  This is not always an easy task, but it is a worthy and rewarding one.  It truly was put to the test when my husband Brian was looking for a new job. He interviewed with a great company that stood by the same principles we live by and believe in but the change in location seemed like a sacrifice.  At the time, we were living in a town with roughly 29,000 people and county with 135,416 people.  Brian and I headed to the interview two states away to scope out the area.  Although the beach would only be an hour away, the town we would live in had one grocery store, a quaint downtown with a handful of restaurants (only one of which was open on Sundays and another that was open on Mondays).  The population of the town was 4,983, with the county only being populated by 14,726.  That was less than the town we were coming from! Needless to say, on the way home from our visit I broke down crying saying I didn’t want to be “that” wife who after a year in states, “You’ve to get me out of here!”
That night I spent half the night praying before I could even fall asleep.  During that time I remembered my fervor to please God and truly live out my faith.  I felt impressed on my heart the 2 Corinthians 5:7 verse as a question, “Are you going to walk by faith or walk by sight?” What I saw of that little town was not much.  The nearest Walmart was 30 miles away. The nearest mall was 73 miles away.  For a girl who grew up in Atlanta, this was a big deal. By sight I was very hesitant, but when I evaluated it from a spiritual perspective and what God was asking, it was worth it.
Walking by faith is not an easy task.  It requires a huge amount of trust.  God is a faithful God, even when we are faithless (2 Timothy 2:13).  Throughout the time we spent in that little town I grew in my faith even more.  The beauty surrounding us was astounding and it reminded me on a regular basis of what an awesome, creative God we serve.  The depth of my relationship with God and my husband has grown beyond measure.  It was definitely a risk worth taking and God knew this all along.
The story doesn’t end there though.  Within a year and a half of being in this small town it was time for Brian to look for another job.  We had come here knowing this is how it would happen, but Jesus told Thomas that “Blessed are those who did not see, and yet believed.” Brian had several interviews in many locations, but I didn’t go to any of them.  I chose to pray and trust.  During the process with one company it just kept feeling right.  He went on the interview and within a couple of days he had an offer.  He asked if I wanted to take a weekend to go see the area.  Without any hesitation, I said no.  I believed with all my heart that this was what we were called to do and I was choosing to walk in faith and trust God.  The blessings that have already come from this experience are numerous and I can’t wait to continue this journey and see what else God has in store.
So do you want to continue “walking dead” or walking by sight?  Are you ready to take that step God is asking you to take and walk by faith? 
What does it take to walk by faith? It’s a moment by moment thing, a step by step thing.  You don’t automatically get from your current circumstance to the promised land.  Walking by faith is not walking blindly or something you do every now and then into the unknown.  Walking by faith takes you from believing God to trusting Him.  When you trust you act on your belief.  Thus you walk by faith in every circumstance, whether in chaos, crisis, changes in life, or everyday ordinary living.  You grow in your relationship with God and build that trust. Here are the things that I find help me walk by faith:
  • Time spent with God
  • Prayer
  • Listening to Him 
  • Learning to hear His voice in a chaotic world
  • Trusting Him regardless
I pray that you begin to have a closer walk with Him.  Having a deep relationship with God makes all the difference in your daily, ordinary life to make every moment a faith-walking moment.

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