I took the kids for a walk today and I cannot count the amount of times I had to say “stay on the path.” If I wasn’t saying stay on the path, I was climbing into the thorny brush to pull Sam back on the path. It was a good reminder to me of how much patience and grace God must have for us, watching us make our own decisions– often leaving the path– yet steadily reminding us the path is the best way. While some trouble can meet us on the path, the path ensures we avoid so many avoidable dangers and troubles. And then, in the same way my love for Sam never changed no matter how many times I had to climb into thorns to get him, God’s love remains, even when we turn off the path of living for Him.
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Proverbs 4:25