Today I went outside and see there is a park when you leave the back entrance. It is like a dead end road but if you go down the steps you see –There’s a Trail! And a beautiful one at that. This is going to make for some great walking during lunch times. As the days get warmer and nicer outside this is going to make a great opportunity to get more exercise and allow me to keep moving! I don’t have to stay stuck in one place.
You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
2 Samuel 22:37
Many times we think there is no way out. Or that we take the wrong way. There are detours too that take us off an already long journey. My prayer is simply this, “Lord, please ensure that I remain on the path that you have already designated for me. Help me so that I don’t try to take the shortcuts in life or the next exit off. I don’t want to prolong the LONG journey anymore!”
But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
Yesterday I was driving home from my typical route there was so much traffic. Everywhere I turned, it seemed to be worse. About 30 minutes into my drive I decided to take a right turn off a separate road not being so familiar with all the roads here. What a mistake! This actually made the commute worse! I looked to my left and couldn’t get back on and I could see that it was moving slowly but surely. On the right side, I was at the longest standstill. I should have just stayed on my route. But in my impatience I made a quick move not realizing the consequences ahead of me, which was more of a delayed route. Not only that but it made me even more frustrated. Next time, I will stay on the route regardless!
Lesson learned I guess.
Whether I am walking around this neighborhood or driving during my commute I always find the time to reflect carefully on what is going on around me. I take the time to consider what is happening internally and I try to find a good mental balance. The way I respond to these daily routines is critical for me to grow. So when I think sometimes I may be at a standstill or that there is yet another detour, I have to understand that there is always that one trail for me to take. The one that God leads me right through.
Even when we are led straight to a difficult place. There is always a reason. If we detour, we’ll make it worse. We must follow the right trail.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
How do I know if that is the right trail?
It is in alignment with His Word regarding our dealings with people, relationships, work-life balance, personal and professional development, recovery or even ministry. All this must be in alignment with that Word! Titus is an excellent guide for us with family and ministry. The letters of Paul, all speak to personal and professional relationships . 1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans and Ephesians for personal growth, children, marriage and the church family.
Direction is mapped out for us. We follow the trail that leads to life. The trail that takes us along those rivers of living water. Don’t stay believing there is no guidance for us. Gain fresh perspective, keep walking and you will come to find– there’s a trail!