“Waltz Across Texas with You” was an Ernest Tubbs hit in 1965, and it is still used to teach the waltz in dance halls around the state, and perhaps the world. It is a great tune, and it has become a gentle reminder to me of a greater walk than any waltz could ever be, The Walk with Jesus.
Repeat after me, until you have the rhythm down. Psalms, Two, Three, Four. Psalms, Two, Three, Four. Psalms, Two, Three, Four. Psalms 2, 3, 4. Psalms 23: 4
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for YOU are with me; YOUR rod and YOUR staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4
The Walk takes The Waltz to a whole new level of cooperation and synergy. Dana and I have traded our love for “Waltz Across Texas with You” for a passion to “Walk Thru a Crisis with YOU!” Make sure you put the Em-PHAH- sis, on the right Syl-LAH-byl. The capital YOU is all about HIM.
Psalms 23:4 is the turning point in The Shepherd’s Psalm, and it will be the turning point in your life, if you notice what takes place. David has faced a life-threatening crisis of some kind. The focus of his conversation has changed. His crisis has turned his references about God, into a conversation with God. Crisis only does this…EVERY TIME.
Notice David is no longer talking about God, but praying to God. He is not talking about HIM. He is talking to Him. The crisis in David’s life has moved God out of a distant reference to the 3rd Person, and into a more intimate, face to face prayer to God. He trades Him for YOU! This is the major difference between preaching and praying, and surviving and thriving.
“Walk Thru a Crisis with YOU” may never land me in the Country Western Hall of Fame, or win me a Grammy. It will not make me fame or fortune. It will only make sense out of the senseless, and make life worth living. You’ve tried The Waltz. It may be time for you to take The Walk. Any crisis will do. Word to the wise. God always leads. TALK LESS! PRAY MORE!
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For over 40 years, Gary and Dana Miller have invested their lives in the pastoral ministry of churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Georgia. Gary and Dana believe the hope of the world is the local church, and the strength of the church is sustained by praying people.
They have taught extensively on the role of prayer in spiritual awakening, counseled people to build strong marriages by equipping husbands and wives to pray together and have ministered internationally in Hong Kong, Japan, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Switzerland through their TALK LESS! PRAY MORE! Prayer Conferences.
Gary and Dana live in Fort Worth, Texas and have been married for 40 years. They are parents of two grown daughters, Ashley and Allyson.