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.
Last week, I shared my Hope Giving List with you. I have been thinking about the practical, lived-out connection between hope and love. When hope is put into action, it sprouts and grows to become love-lived-out! The ideas on this list have been part of life in our home, and have led to loving attitudes and ways of living.
God is our Source, for life, love, and hope. He shines light into even our cloudy days. Like the glorious rays of light on cornfield behind our home where we lived in Iowa. And in response, we can choose hope.