It is one of life’s small and spectacular miracles that the context of a situation can change everything. I mean, have you ever wondered how you can read the Bible over and over again and yet still find something new each time. Yes, it is God at work through His word but it is also because your context has changed. When your personal situation in life alters, everything else becomes different in some way.
How would you finish a sentence that began "For the love of..."? Automatically, I want to finish it with "all that is holy" even though I know how blasphemous it sounds. You probably chose a similar ending - something that conveys shock, surprise, or maybe...
Love moves at 3mph, the speed of walking.
I liked this idea. God moved slowly because he wanted to take the time to talk with and get to know those He “walked with”. But as with so many metaphors used to explain theological concepts, it didn’t really sink in. We talk about walking with God so much that it has almost lost meaning. We infer that Adam and Eve walked in the Garden of Eden with God and know that Jesus walked with His disciples – relationships that were built at walking pace.
Yet this all happened in the Bible. In 2019, we lived in a world where walking had become an anomaly. Pre-Covid, life was lived at such a pace that the only socially acceptable options seemed to be driving everywhere, even places that were less than half an hour away by foot. The only places I know this not to be the case are cities where traffic is so bad and the geography so flat that cycling is quicker. As someone who chose to walk everywhere within a 30-minute radius, and was often questioned for that choice, I can say that at least British society does not think walking is a logical or sane option.