• By Kate Silber, Nexus ICA Co-Founder
  • 2-minute read

The 5 of us on our RAG week team arrived at the start of our 20-mile stretch and were told, ‘the Heart of England Way is well signposted’. Some of it is. For the rest, I recommend buying the Heart of England Way Guide, which I have now done.

We had some signs, we had digital maps and we had Google. After about 2 miles we were lost. Don’t get me wrong, the walk we were on was just beautiful, there were loads of beautiful walks around there. And the Heart of England Way was never far away so we kept…near it.

But there came a point where we were supposed to meet up with the support team at a specific location so being near enough wasn’t going to work. We knew they had chocolate crepes and water, but to get those things we had to know exactly where they were, and we had to know where we were! After some wandering and turning around, one of the students on our team had the great idea of asking one of the support team members to share his location. Let’s call him Greg. She was a little nervous about this because she didn’t know Greg very well, and thought it was quite a big step in the friendship to location share. Fortunately, Greg was very willing to share his location, and did so, meaning he also knew our location. Now all we had to do was walk towards him. ‘Just walking towards’ someone over a 5-mile stretch when there are multiple pathways available is not quite as easy as it sounds, but it was a lot easier than not knowing where he was at all. As I considered this, God spoke to me about it.

He showed me that Greg was like Jesus and the team were like, well we were like us. We can be walking along with Christ just fine and enjoying the walk. Then we realise we’re not really going in the right direction. We’ve got resources to help us like the Bible, prayer, the wisdom of others and so on. But somehow, even though we have full access to Jesus, and we can approach the throne boldly, we get a bit nervous about sharing our location. It’s embarrassing that we don’t actually know where Jesus is and can’t just walk straight towards Him. And we are a little ashamed about OUR location, we don’t really want Him to know that we’ve wandered off a little. We didn’t mean to, but we have.

However, when we finally say, ‘Lord, where are You? I need to walk towards you. I need to find my rest stop, my refreshment, my water’, He says, ‘here I am, and I already know where you are. I’ve got you located’

The amazing Psalm 139 opens like this: God, you already know everything about me, including what I’m thinking and where I am. I can’t hide from you and I don’t know why I’ve tried.  Then come to a glorious end: God, I trust you to have an even deeper look. I give you the right to see and know my thoughts, my choices, my soul. Now show me how to walk towards You.

The Message version says:

God, investigate my life;
    get all the facts first hand.
I’m an open book to you;
    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
    I’m never out of your sight.

I’ll leave you with the NIV translation and the encouragement to share your location with Christ. He already knows, and He is longing for you to walk towards Him and meet Him, where He will refresh and resource you. Maybe not with chocolate crepes and a refill on your water bottle… but you never know.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.

Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:1 – 4; 23 – 24

Cover photo by Tamas Tuzes-Katai on Unsplash