I took the day off today and headed for the woods for a little while. I was walking along and decided I would check out Proverbs 4. (Not because of any revelation or anything, it’s the 4th of August and I wasn’t feeling very inventive). Anyway I’m walking along and reading Proverbs chapter 4 and here’s what I see :
11 I guide you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
Now when I’m on these walks I like to explore. I sometimes stray from the path. So, I looked around and I’m walking along this path that is well cut, smooth, clearly marked, and firm. I look to the left and there are vines and poison ivy and holes to get hung up in. I look to the right and I see the creek and in it is all this tangled brush and pollution. It was really kind of gross.
Now on the good path, occasionally, I would run into some spider webs. (I don’t have a problem with spiders persae but I don’t welcome them to crawl all over me). It did cloud up, thunder some and threaten to rain. Also, the trails I walked cross paths with some horse trails so there were some obstacles I had to manuever. The point though is this. God never promised there wouldn’t be distractions or some crap to avoid along the way but if you follow the path He has cleared for you, you’ll get where He wants you to be.
I love it when I come across something in my day to day activities that really illustrates God’s will!
The path, the *ahem* unpleasant things to maneuver as you follow the path… Seeing the alternatives to the left and to the right… No boundaries to keep you from straying from the path, you were absolutely free to avoid the obstacles – but the potential cost of avoidance was loud and clear.
Awesome! God’s version of a Verizon ad!! “Can you hear me now? Good!”
August 25, 2008 at 8:31 am
My grandmother rewrote Proverbs 4 as poetry. I thought you might like to read it: Proverbs 4 in poetry
September 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm