walking in the woodsI just returned from a personal prayer retreat. One of my all-time favorite things is to walk and pray. This particular retreat area had lots of mowed paths as well as woods and open fields to trek through.

As I walked, it occurred to me that it’s pretty amazing how hiking on paths through fields and woods can resemble life.

  • Some paths may look inviting, but can end up being messy or even treacherous.
  • The steepest uphill climbs generally offer the best views.
  • It’s possible that a path that is winding and one that is straight will both get you to the same destination. Is one, therefore, emphatically better?
  • Paths that are difficult and overgrown will take you to places other people never see.
  • Some people won’t follow nicely mowed paths for very long. They prefer to blaze a trail. But that trail-blazing can make it easier for anyone who comes behind.
  • And having a guide – someone (or Someone) who knows the way – will always make the journey more bearable.

What’s your path look like today? I would enjoy hearing about it.

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2 Responses to Paths

  1. Mark L says:

    Really enjoyed that analogy.

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