Impromptu Hike, Vol. 2: Cords of Human Kindness, Ropes of Love

God is no stranger to helping hikers. He’s an expert guide. One of the greatest love stories ever told happened on a hike – a hike that lasted 40 years.

The Israelites thought they knew best. Despite God showing up in miraculous ways, they were a “stiff-necked” people that wanted their own way (Exodus 33:3). Yet, He never turned His back on them. He never once left them stranded.

rope-of-loveListen to HOW much He LOVES:
It was I who taught Israel to walk and I took them by the arms, but they did not understand that I had healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love.  I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down and fed them.”
Hosea 11:3-5

I can only imagine God’s view of us today. We can’t look that different from the Israelites so long ago.

Do you feel His arms leading you?  Or have you jerked your arm away one too many times? Do you find yourself struggling to find purpose for your hike?

Consider John MacArthur’s words in his book, Found: God’s Will:

“You say you do not know what God’s will is, but I’ll tell you what it is. Above all, it is that you know Christ and then that your neighbor’s hear about Christ. That is His will. So often we sit around twiddling our thumbs, dreaming about God’s will in some distant future when we are not even willing to stand up on our own two feet, walk down the street, and do God’s will right now.”

Want to see a vision of God’s will for us?

These young men were captured reaching out a coffee shop window to touch a widow and pray over her broken heart.

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love.
Hosea 11:4

When interviewed about the above picture the young men said, “This is just another day at work for us.”

Looking in the car window, they saw a woman on an “impromptu hike” that was hurt. They saw, not with human eyes, but with spiritual eyes… and with cords of human kindness, God bent down and wrapped His arms around her. You see those arms… reaching out that window… those are His arms… doing HIS will.

There are many reasons for our own impromptu hikes:

  • Our own choices leave us lost
  • Choices of others lead us down paths unknown
  • Circumstances beyond our control leave us stranded

In God’s field guide, the map to our success will always be found in each other. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love.” Never does He ask us to do this alone.

Open your spiritual eyes today. When you see the people around you, ask God to show you their “spiritual surroundings.”

For that widow in the car, I can only imagine her relief – when through a coffee shop window – young men looking through His eyes saw her reality of being in a deep, dark valley. Their human kindness threw her a cord to grab a hold of so she could climb out of that valley.

Stop jerking your arm away from His tender leading.

Dear God, our guide on this journey,
I pray that today you will stir in hearts and through human kindness, others will feel you leading them. I pray eyes will be open to the reality of other’s spiritual journeys. I pray that we will link arms together and realize that we were never meant to walk any of our hikes alone. Thank you, Lord, for never giving up on us. Thank you, Lord, for using us and giving us a purpose, so every step of our hike can serve to help others find their own way to You and Your loving arms. Amen.

Erica Pearson,
For additional reference: Impromptu Hike: Lessons of the Hill, Vol 1


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