When we were young, my sister and I loved to take one of the paths in our nearly four acres of woods. Sometimes we did it to spy on my brother and his friends. Other times we took a path just for kicks. We walked the paths in all seasons. Mostly, we took a path that was well-marked, but there were times we would take a path that was a little overgrown just to see where it would take us.
One day, we decided to just explore. Our goal was to reach the furthest end of our property and see what was there. We forged our own path to get us there. We found the end of our property and walked along a dilapidated barbed-wire fence. Our discoveries were an open field with an old building that was falling down, a new location of blackberry bushes, trees with vines we could swing on, and we saw rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. It was a fun excursion. We were both glad that we decided to create our own path that day.
Life also has paths we choose to follow. At some point in life, we all come to a fork in the road and have to decide which path to take. Both paths will be wrought with all sorts of hazards and difficulties that need to be overcome. Some difficulties on each path can be seen, but others cannot. Nobody knows what is down either path for sure, except for God.
Before we can decide, we must weigh our options. Make a list of the positive and negative things we know about what each path holds for us and take a good look at it. Does either of the paths fall into what we hope and dream for our lives? What costs will be incurred… both monetary and time? Am I emotionally ready for the path? Can I talk with someone who has taken either of the life’s paths? Have I prayed and meditated on whether the path is in keeping with my beliefs and morals and with the will of God?
At some point, we will continue down one of the paths in the fork based on our mind and heart. We will be another footprint on that a specific pathway. On our journey we should make sure our focus is not so much on whether the path we took was a wrong or right choice, but we should enjoy the walk and take note of all the blessings and lessons along the way. When we reach the end of the road, it is important that we enjoyed the adventure and were glad we took the path.
in the Lord with
all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all our ways submit to
him, and he
will make your paths straight.