“Each of us may be sure that if God sends us over rocky paths, He will provide us with sturdy shoes. He will never send us on any journey without equipping us well.” Alexander Maclaren
While on vacation, Dave and I decided to take an… excursion. We didn’t plan ahead, so by the time we made our decision there were limited options. Out of two available choices, we thought hiking in the rain forest would be a great way to spend a few hours. I have hiked before in state parks. The rain forest is a bit different! The bus dropped our group and our guide off on a paved road. Before long, we were in the rain forest and soon the path became narrow and muddy. We slipped in mud and on rocks. Soon I began to think this was not a very good idea. (Especially when I peeked over the right side and saw how far the drop down was.) Eventually we came to a rock wall where we had to “swing” over to the other side. Our guide assisted us and carefully instructed us to place one foot here, swing over and place the other foot on the other side. I knew, but had to ask, “Are we going back the way we came?” The answer was, “There is no turning back.” Almost two hours later we were tired and before us was a steep set of man-made steps. We got word that the bus was parked up top. If I could just make it up the stairs this would all be over!
I am sure you can see the spiritual point to this activity. We all are led into places we have never ventured before. We all have felt the ground turn to mud and things get slippery beneath our feet. We all have been challenged to do scary things. The reminder for today is we do not go alone. The Lord is our guide, telling us exactly where to place our feet. He is there to tell us not to look back but to keep moving forward. He is there to walk with us even when He is silent. He is there to see us emerge back into the light of day.
Wherever the Lord is leading you today, He is with you!
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places. Psalm 18:33
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
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Thank you Kathy. That was inspiring and just what I needed to hear today. God provides. Right now I am waiting on my car to be fixed. God has his perfect timing in this. So with my current move I am led to walk to this small Baptist church.