I 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.