STAYING ON THE PATH
Read Psalm 119:105-112
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
One summer I spent three months at a wilderness lake
with my best friend. We left our Volkswagen van parked at the
end of a bumpy dirt road
and carried an old, heavy
wooden canoe along a
winding path through giant
evergreens the final two
miles to the lake.
One evening I went back to the van to read by the glow
of its interior lamps. It was already dark when I landed the
canoe on the far shore to begin my two-mile trek. Soon I
could not see the path. The matches I carried proved useless,
casting too little light and hindering my eyes’ ability to adapt
to the dark.
So, I tried a different tactic. I removed my shoes and socks,
and I stepped forward cautiously. The feel of packed earth
under my soles confirmed that I was on the trail. I proceeded
this way slowly, step by step. At times, my feet sensed dry
leaves and moss, and I corrected my path to the solid earth
of the trail. Hours later, I reached my destination without
incident. My patience and my trust had been rewarded.
Reflecting on this experience, I saw the parallel with God’s
guidance in our lives. Just as the connection of my bare feet
on that path led me to my destination, when we feel lost or
cannot see the path ahead, we can find the way if we remain
connected to God.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for being there when we feel unsure.
Help us to trust that you will show us the way. Amen.
Stephen Brown (British Columbia, Canada)
Prayer Focus: HIKERS AND CAMPERS
— Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Thought for the Day
God will guide my feet
on the right path.