Thursday, April 1, 2010

What Path?

The question always returns every time I go out to walk. What route do I take today? It is a simple question, but I pondered it today for some reason more than other days. So I had to pick, do I go left or do I go right out of my driveway? Today I went right. I usually go left, but today I went right. I started thinking about going on the "right" path. Am I always on the right path? Not hardly. I wander off the path all the time more out of seeking and discovery than rebellion. Distractions are a dime a dozen and my mind can wander at the drop of a hat. Sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes not. I have lots of work to do, but here I sit at my computer. A little work here and a lot of distraction there seems to be the way it goes sometimes. Still in the mode of detoxing my house and it only took me......well we don't have to go there. Ps. 27: 11-14 " Teach me Your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path becasue of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
The right path is where I always want to be and at the same time its not always the easiest path to take. I want to be on the path with God always. I want my path to be right by God, with God and for God. It takes concentration and determination to stay on the right path. So easily can we stray. Just this week I gave up on my Lenten promise for one day and I only had five more days til it was over. With God it is never over and my daily sacrifice is just that.....daily. It is between Him and me. It really bothered me that I had let Him down. I told my girls I was a horrible example and how sorry I was I had not kept my promise to God. Yet through this horrible example came the good example of how not to do something. I know He forgives me, but it just bugs that I could not keep the sacrifice as a living sacrifice to Him. What a disappointment in myself. And yet God still opts to use me for His purpose and plan thru my imperfections. "When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to You, O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."Ps. 142:3-5
I have learned a great deal about Him and what He did for me on the cross. His ultimate sacrifice so that I may live with Him eternally. I need Him to be strong especially in my moments of weakness and temptation. I can not allow myself to get swept up in moments where self overrules. If you look closely at this photo you will see a cross over on the right. Adelaide took this because she liked the way the sun hit the wires, and she did not even see that cross, but God knew it was there. When I was able to view the photo closely I knew He was there too. So many times I will take a photo of something (stepping out in faith) and God will show me something else (a blessing) after I have taken the shot.
So true of our lives as we think we are seeing one thing and He opens our eyes to a whole different way of seeing thru His eyes and what He wants us to see. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path". Ps. 119-105 Keeping on the right path is harder than we think and takes a daily sacrifice allowing Jesus to overrule in our favor. He is always for us and never against us. He is always on our side. Which route I take tomorrow will be the right path whether I go left or right because it will be His path I am on. His path always leads me home.

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