The last few weeks, we’ve been considering the paths and and choices we make. Wisdom guards our path and keeps us walking in the right direction (Wisdom for Your Path from Proverbs). Honoring God in the “small” daily decisions prepares our hearts for making bigger decisions in life (Which way to go?). And when we are in the maze of life, we can ask some smart questions to guide our bigger decisions (Navigating Life’s Maze).
What is your path like right now? This week, I want to invite you to set aside a few minutes to spend some quiet time with God. He is the Lamp that shines light on our path. Spending time with Him keeps our hearts close to Him, reminds us to trust Him, and helps us see our next steps clearly. I encourage you to find yourself a comfortable, quiet place to spend a little time with Jesus.
“For you are my lamp, O Lord,
and my God lightens my darkness.” ~II Samuel 22:29 (ESV)
In Elgin, Iowa, local farmers create an amazing corn maze each fall. The photo below shows the dairy theme they designed the year we visited there. Some ways were dead-ends or led us in a circle. And some areas had more than one way through. The corn was tall, and once we were in the maze we couldn’t see the beginning or the end. After experiencing our share of dead-ends and circling back, it was rewarding to make our way out!
I’m sharing a picture of the most confusing sign I think I’ve ever seen! It directs local traffic from a freeway off-ramp into roundabouts on both the east and west sides of the freeway. This sign reminds me of the confusion we often feel about decisions in life. “Which of these four jobs should I pursue? Or none of them?” “Should I marry this person?” “Be involved in this ministry?” “Move?” “Or something else that I don’t know of and haven’t thought of yet?!”
What is the path ahead of you like? Maybe it seems difficult or like the destination is unknown. Or maybe it feels familiar and well worn, like you are trudging along the same old lane. While none of us is in control of the things that lie across the path ahead of us, trusting in God and living wisely will guide our steps and determine our destination.
I’m sharing something special with you this week! My daughter, Ellie, wrote this in her sketch pad:
“Art is meant to be shared. People enjoy art, and they love to look at it. So make art. It doesn’t matter if it’s drawing, painting, sculpting, or even taking photos. It’s art. It doesn’t even matter if you’re good at drawing or not, it’s art! Even if you don’t like art, things like dance, music, singing, and drama are art. It’s just the art of people. So get out there and make art!”