Whoever walks with integrity walks securely…--Proverbs 10:9
A cavern gapes below. The walker of the tightrope carefully places one foot in front of the other with only one goal - reaching the other side without falling into that deep cavern. The tightrope walker will not successfully navigate the gorge by relying purely on athleticism. What will ensure success is being like the number '1.' Being an integer. Maintaining 'oneness,' 'wholeness,' 'balance.' Those who walk the tightrope keep their 'oneness' intact, that is what makes it possible for them to walk securely, no matter how high they are above the ground, no matter how intimidating the chasm beneath them.
Wholeness and integrity are mirrors of one another. Fortunately, integrity is not something we accomplish through arduous inner acts of the will. Integrity is not 'trying to be good.' Integrity is like being an integer. It is being whole - being at 'one' inside. It is allowing God to gather together the raveled remnants of our lives that so easily tangle our soul into a ball of disorder and instability. Without that wholeness, we teeter and totter, wobble, and bobble through life, shaky and unsafe. But with a longing glance toward God, a simple plea of the heart, a moment of spiritual focus, we can begin to walk like an integer - to walk with integrity - to walk with sure and certain steps across the threatening chasms of life.
O God, I'm looking straight ahead, searching for the eternity of your eyes. Notice my glance, for in the millisecond in which our eyes meet, I can begin again to become whole in you.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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