“I’ll go ahead of you, clearing and paving the road.
I’ll break down bronze city gates, smash padlocks, kick down barred entrances.
I’ll lead you to buried treasures, secret caches of valuables—
Confirmations that it is, in fact, I, God, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”
Isaiah 45: 2-3
A trip this week out of the heat of the desert and into the cool mountain air of northern Arizona inspired me (see below). A hiking trail and a bike path had me comparing the rough terrain to my own life path. With each turn, I had a choice to make. I could drift off the path to something that may look interesting, try a way I thought might be quicker, or stick to the path designed for my own good.
Just like that trail, God has given each of us a path which is definitely the best one for us. However, we stumble and trip over the debris in our way. We get distracted and lose track of all that He has for us. We don’t recognize the light from the darkness and sometimes choose incorrectly.
However, as we begin to mature, we can look back and realize our stumbles may have brought heartache, but they have given us a wisdom and discernment to recognize the difference between what in our lives is darkness and what is light. Then we can push the darkness out and hold close to the light knowing it is a part of the best plan for our lives.
My prayer for you is that you hold close to all the good the Lord has planned for you. That when you find good, you choose to cherish it, honor it, and appreciate it. In the same way I pray that you have a sharp awareness of the darkness and choose to walk away and leave it behind. God is so good and has such an amazing plan…recognize it, follow it, hold on to it.