18 Jun Choosing The Path To Travel
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
“Best laid plans of mice and men…”
A relaxing day away from the chaos. That was my plan. After a couple hours of soaking up the sun and enjoying the salty sea breeze, I was ready to move on. I decided instead of catching the ferry back to Aransas Pass, I would motor on down toward Corpus along the sandy seashore. It would be a lovely drive with the lapping waves on one side and sand dunes mounded on the other. Windows open and worries flying out. Breathe good in; breathe bad out. Breathe good in; breathe bad out.
My plan worked for a couple of miles, and then I noticed the sand was a little deeper and the car was a little harder to steer. But, I was certain I would hit firmer ground a little further on. I didn’t want to give up my plan. I noticed a truck in front of me with no difficulty driving. I would just follow his tracks. You can guess what happened! By the time I figured out the truck was taller than my car and could handle deeper, loose sand, I was stuck. The car was smarter than I, because immediately a dash light came on telling me something was wrong with my frontiers. Yes! They were buried in sand up to my bumper.
We often get caught up in planning a path for our life that doesn’t turn out like we expected. Sometimes, we haven’t thought it through and act impulsively. Sometimes, we want something so badly that we ignore the warning signs and forge ahead anyway. Sometimes, even with careful preparation, the ending result is less exciting, fulfilling or as rewarding as we had thought. Frequently, this is because started on the path without consultation. Jeremiah 29: “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Asking God’s direction first then seems a no brainer, but praying and asking for guidance in all our decision making is usually not the first thing on our agenda. Instead, we wade in, and when we find ourselves buried up to our necks in “sand,” we cry out to the Lord for help. All is not lost. There is still hope.
There I sat stuck on that sandy beach, berating myself for my foolishness and wondering how in the world I was going to get out of this mess that I had put myself. I looked up and saw two young men running my way. “Need a push out?” “Okay, make sure your are in reverse, and we’ll push from the front.” And they did. Not daring to stop, I gradually turned the car around, giving them a thumbs up as I headed back to safer ground.
God is willing to rescue us when we choose the wrong path. He will hear our despairing cry and help us turn our lives around to a safer and higher path. When we seek his way, we will always find that exciting, fulfilling and rewarding ending. The world may see us stuck in the sand, but spiritually, we are keeping our eyes on Jesus and motoring right along.
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