Our life journey winds through many environments. Our path can take us through deserts, along calm and refreshing waters, to victorious and breathtaking mountaintops, through painful and dark valleys, and also through confusing and frightening forests.
When we enter the forest our senses can quickly and easily become confused. We can no longer see our way clear.
When our family recently took a walk through a nearby forest it was an exciting and educating adventure for us. We enjoyed the adventure of tromping through the wilderness, smelling the clean, crisp air…seeing and feeling the fallen leaves in all their glorious autumn colors as we seemed to step into another world. Then the fog and darkness descended upon us. It was time to find our way back to where we had parked our truck. The correct path out of the wood was hidden by the darkness. We each had different ideas about which way was the way out. It was interesting to me how adamant one of our boys were that he knew we were going the wrong way—“we should go this way…” However, we had parked near a highway and his path would lead us away from the sound of the vehicles on that road. But he was so sure! How often are we “so sure” about what is right, only to find out later that we were deceived by our own senses.
“There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 16:25
We need a map...a guide...to help us navigate life…especially when we cannot see our way clearly. God has given us scripture to light the way. When we accept the salvation offered through the sacrifice of Christ we are also given a Guide—The Holy Spirit. Those two work together to lead us through this journey—through every environment and stage of life. We can trust the One who loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). He knows our future and where each path leads. I choose to follow Him because He knows the way out of the darkness. : )