All throughout the Bible, we are reminded of the paths laid before us...good and bad, right and wrong. But what does this look like in everyday life when we commit to following Jesus? Let me tell you how I think about it. In Ohio, road construction is just a common part of the scenery. Jokingly, it has been included as one the seasons instead of spring or summer. Whenever our normal driving paths are interrupted by detours or delayed travel times, we become disgruntled with the process of making our experience better because of the momentary inconvenience. We cram pack our days so full that working in the extra time for travel can be stressful, causing us to be late, not being able to park where we usually park, construction debris damages our vehicle, etc.
This is a great illustration of the way God works in our lives. We also go through “seasons” of life that aren’t titled winter, spring, summer, or fall. Rather, they are a description of the scenery from the path we are on. When the path is rough and needing attention, we get frustrated with the process of reconstructing a better path. It’s the same path, just with Him it can be made new. And like road construction around here, where the same road will need to be worked on again, so will our paths. Think about how nice and smooth a newly-paved road feels. It doesn’t get that way without attention and hard work. If you are seeking God and feel like the path you are on is hard, laborious, and you missed the detour, just keep in mind what is promised:
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
He will teach you along the way if you keep seeking:
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.
Grab your Bible and choose to seek His path for you. It will make for a much smoother ride.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.