Food for thought…When the road seems hard

right path

 

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  Psalms 16:11

Sometimes we come to a crossroads and Jesus beckons us to take the harder road.  Often times it is a conscious decision that He sets before us, it’s usually not one of those things where we just happened be on the right path, rather we need to make the decision to get on the right path.

The right path is never the easy one.  It’s always the one that comes with the most conflict, pain, and discomfort.  Yet, it is the one that turns out to be the most satisfying, and significantly fulfilling in our lives. 

A few weeks ago my husband and I were cutting firewood for the winter.  He was splitting it and the kids and I were loading it into the truck.  He split a piece and I heard a terrible loud scream from my oldest son.  Of course I panicked and rushed to see what  was wrong.  Inside the piece of wood my husband split was a mouse and her babies.  They must have only been a few days old because their eyes weren’t opened yet and they were tiny.  The mom ran with all of the babies attached to her and they were falling off as she ran to safety under the pile of logs.  At first I went back to loading the wood, and my sons were determinately looking for all of the babies.  There were six of them.  The weeds were long, there was sawdust all over the ground from the chainsaw and I really thought there was no way they would find those babies.  But they took the log that the nest was in and set it near the pile of logs where the mother ran.  One by one they slowly found her babies and put them in the nest.  They found 5.  As I looked down I saw the 6th baby laying right there and it was trying to move and find the path to the mom.  She couldn’t see because she was helpless, her eyes weren’t opened.  We laid the 6th one in the nest and went back to loading the wood.  One by one the mother crawled up onto the log and picked up each baby in her mouth and brought them to safety. 

That was a long story in order to make a simple point, but here it is….  Sometimes we get lost.  We are blind and have no idea what path to take.  Sometimes the path we are on seems so hard, sometimes we are helpless. But we have a gracious Father who loves us beyond measure, and he picks us up, directs us and brings us to safety.  He then restores us.  His plans are perfect, His paths for us are perfect.  We must rely on Him, look to Him for our direction, peace, and hope.  He always leads us right where He wants us to be.

 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:105

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