Some people may call “walking with the Holy Spirit” walking by the Spirit. Some may refer to walking with God/Jesus. It all sounds ominous and, well, kind of “out there.” Simply put, it is. It’s another dimension, really, and before you get all science grounded on me, let me tell you that some scientists suggest 13 different dimensions to our existence. Talking about dimensions and realms is a whole other topic I’m not equipped to talk about, but we have all felt a depth of hurt or revelation that is not a surface thought. It is a soul feeling or interpretation of the visible. Poets often capture such views and paradigms.
In an abusive or dangerous situation, children have talked of being aware of a man holding them close or watching over them. People fleeing the towers on 9/11/01 talk about a man guiding them down the stairs and found out later there was no such person. Many stories are pointing to the reality of Jesus being near those hurting or in physical danger.
This story, taken from a collection of writings by a Jewish girl who kept a diary while experiencing the concentration camp’s horrors, Auschwitz. This account is from her book, Interrupted (op. cit. 255, 232, 189):
“Sometimes when I stand in some corner of the camp, my feet planted on Your earth, my eyes raised toward your heaven, tears sometimes run down my face, tears of deep emotions and gratitude. And I want to be there right in the thick of what people call horror and still be able to say: life is beautiful. Yes, I lie here in a corner, parched and dizzy and feverish and unable to do a thing. Yet, I am also with the jasmine and the piece of sky beyond my window.”
Amid her horror and the smell of burning friends in the ovens of Auschwitz, Hillesum concluded, “For once you have begun to walk with God, you need only keep on walking with God, and all of life becomes one long stroll—-a marvelous feeling.”
Walking with God, living in the Kingdom within us gives us hope when there seems to be no hope, and sanity when it looks as though insanity reigns strong! The King is with us and for us!