in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 NIV
Though still morning, the humidity swaddled us in damp that clung to my body and salty beads of sweat stung my eyes. The breeze I had enjoyed earlier had ceased, and the air hung stagnant. Sunlight filtered through the trees, making a kaleidoscope of green and yellow. The pine needle littered path absorbed the sound of our footfalls and the cicadas buzzed in the trees filling our ears with their drone. My fellow travelers and I had fallen silent, the three of us seemingly lost in our thoughts plodded in single file through the woods. I pulled my tube from my camel pack and drank deeply of the cooling water that I carried on my back. A cacophony of bird song seemed to precede us, no doubt warning the wood’s inhabitants of our presence. Ahead the trail divided, we stopped to consult the map. It was a divide that came back together further down the trail. One side was for bikes the other hikers, we took a right, continuing our trek. However, in the back of my mind, the thought lingered. Did we read the map correctly? Will this trail merge again on the path back to the parking lot?
Life is often the same when we come to a crossroad. How do we know we have made the right decision or chosen the correct path? Throughout life, we face choices. Some are life-altering, not just to us but those in our lives. Other decisions transcend this physical world and extends into the next. Each of us has a path to follow, and along this pathway, we have decisions and choices that influence the journey. This path refers to how we choose to live and what we do with our limited time. The Bible has several scriptures that address pathways, decisions, and crossroads. My personal favorite is Proverbs 3:6. If we are obedient, and involve God on our choices, consult him on decisions, he has promised to lead us onto straight paths. The path will not always be easy. There will be hills, rocks, and dangers, but you will not travel alone.
Typist for Jesus