“The steps of a man are ordered by the Lord who takes delight in his journey” -Psalm 37:23
My Lab is a trail dog, meaning that when we’re out hiking, the trail laid out before her is the path she travels. The visibility of these hiking trails varies with terrain and seasons. Trails through the woods from spring to fall are more visible, and Adi follows them by sight. Trails over rocky terrain or that are covered by fall’s leaves are harder to decipher. In these cases, Adi is at an advantage. She employs her nose to ensure she stays the course. On more than one occasion Adi’s nose has kept us on course.
One day as I followed Adi up a trail through the woods, I found myself praying, “Order my steps, Lord.” At that moment, the trail we followed was clearly visible. Yet in a month, I knew it would be almost imperceptible under a blanket of leaves.
I found myself likening the trail before me to the path of life. The path I have chosen to travel through this life is the one laid before me by Jesus Christ. There are seasons when the trail ahead is quite visible. Then there are seasons when the events of life make the trail ahead more ambiguous like the season I am in right now.
A year ago, if you had asked me to describe the trail ahead I would have said, “Well, it’s a continuation of using my experiences as an educator to homeschool our children, sharing Lessons from a Lab with fellow dog lovers, teaching inquisitive three year-olds in Sunday School, and visiting dear, wise seniors through my church’s homebound ministries.” Today, If you asked me that same question, I would say, “I honestly don’t know.” A worldwide pandemic has blanketed the trail ahead with leaves of uncertainties caused by lockdowns, social distancing, group limitations . . .
How do I take the next steps forward if I no longer see the trail with clarity? I’m not like my Labrador who can turn to her sense of smell to show her the way. Rather I have something better- my faith and the Bible. You see, the Lord has promised to order my steps and illuminate the ground before me as I read His Word and seek Him in prayer. And so, one steady step of faith at a time I will walk forward with Jesus through this season.
“Order my steps in thy Word . . .”Psalms 119:133
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”-Psalm 119:105
“For we walk by faith and not by sight.”2 Corinthians 5:7
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This month, the Lord seems to have my blogging friend Nora Edinger at Joy’s Journal and I on the same page or should I say the same trail in the theme of our writing. I invite you to go read her post titled “Moving at the Speed of Life”