When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
(Gen 5:21-24 ESV)
What comes to mind when you think of someone who has lived a long life? 70, 80, 90, 100 years? Or maybe you think in terms of experiences. Someone who has traveled the world and accomplished many things. When I was younger, I would read these accounts in Genesis about folks living for hundreds of years and think about what fun that would be. I would have so much time to travel, try out different careers, and generally do whatever I pleased.
Now that I am a smidge older (and more tired, ha!) I read this and think about how difficult that would have been. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the life that I have, but there is a reality attached to it as a result of living in a fallen world: Sometimes it is flat-out hard. I suppose that’s why when I read this account of Enoch again last week, I was struck by what it said about him, twice. The Bible says that “Enoch walked with God”. There are other people written about and their lifespans recorded in Genesis 5, but it is only about Enoch that this is said. And it stands out as different.
We do not know much else about Enoch, but given that he lived for over 300 years, it seems reasonable to think that he did not escape the harshness of life at times. If I were a betting woman (okay I did play the lottery those few times so technically I am), I’d say that he faced the same ebbs and flows that we do:
Life is bitter and beautiful.
Life is predictable and uncertain.
Life is rejoicing and weeping.
Life is knowing and not-knowing.
This is reality; Christian or not. There may be years of little adversity and then suddenly it strikes. Or we may find that our life is one shoe dropping after the next and times of peace are few. Simply being a follower of Christ does not shelter us from the effects of a fallen world.
But we, dear sisters in Christ, we have the gift of “walking with God” through the highs and the lows. We have the chance to cling to and give praise to the One who made this world and gave us life. We, like Enoch, can walk with the Lord and that makes our life different.
Whatever may come our way, may it always be said of us that we walked with God:
That we never gave up on Him.
That we held firm to the faith.
That we finished the race well.
That we were faithful regardless of the circumstances.
When people remember us generations later, my prayer is that our legacy would be, “she walked with God”. What might that look like for you this week, today, or in this very moment? Let’s have the courage to trust Him, taking one small step at a time. After all, if Enoch can do it for 365 years, maybe, just maybe, we can do it for the short time that we are on this side of Heaven. Love to you, friends.