Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Long, Long Trail A–Winding

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path (Psalm 142:3).

Sometimes the path seems impossibly steep and lengthy. I have no strength, no will for the journey. Then I remember that God knew this path long before I was called to walk it. He has always known the difficulties I will experience, the pain that I could never explain to another. He knows and offers his presence.

Perhaps you’re overwhelmed with sadness today. It may be the weight of a difficult ministry; the worry of a hard marriage; the sorrow of a struggling child; the care of an aging parent; the troubles that accompany your own aging. Surely, you say, God would not have me walk this way. There must be another, easier path for me to travel.

But are any of us wise enough to know that some other way would be better, some other lot more likely to make us into better and wiser children? No, our Father in heaven knows the best path, out of all possible paths, to bring us to completion.

His ways are higher than our ways; his thoughts higher than our thoughts. We cannot teach Him wisdom, or increase his fondness for us. We can but humbly bear his will and take the path he has marked out for us today, and do so in absolute trust in his infinite wisdom and love. (He is wiser and more loving than we can ever know.) He who sees, has foreseen and has not led
 us astray. 


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