If you don’t know me personally, I tend to be a rule follower. If a sign says “no parking”, I don’t park there. If the grocery store coupon says “limit one per family”, I don’t use two. You get the point.
I ran comfortably on safe sidewalks in all of the surrounding neighborhoods for months. I obeyed God’s leading as He showed me where to run until……..the day I felt Him leading me out onto a main road without sidewalks. The speed limit there is 55mph. This is a place that I have forbidden my children to ever go on a bicycle. A lot of the roadside has only about 12 inches of grass to run on or it is just altogether overgrown with weeds. The first time I felt called to run that way, I have to admit, I ignored that leading. The second time, I obeyed. My apprehension was high. I ventured out there and ran in the grass nearly running into trees in an effort to stay as far off the road as possible. Cars were whizzing by, but instead of feeling like someone was going to careen off the road and hit me, I had peace. As I ran to the destination I felt Him leading me to, I was amazed at it’s beauty. I had been there once before, but had not seen the beauty of this wooded area the way I was seeing it that day in July! As He led me through the woods, I ran on rough trails and felt such a sense of empowerment that I managed to put aside my fear and just follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. The best part was that I ended right back where I had begun in my neighborhood, but through a new found trail in the woods.
If you have walked with the Lord any length of time, I am guessing He has called you to places that are uncomfortable and some that may even seem downright dangerous. But if you know Jesus like I know Jesus, you can say that the uncertain path will lead to something beautiful on the other side. We can always trust Him.
Psalm 16:8-9 (ASV)
8 I have set Jehovah always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth; My flesh also shall dwell in safety.
I took my daughter on a hike on that trail the very next day. We enjoyed a wonderful time together that we may not have experienced this Summer, if I had not trusted God’s leading me out onto the busy road the day before. If I had kept my eyes on what I discerned as a dangerous route, then I would have missed the beautiful destination.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ASV)
5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.
As you focus on these verses from Psalms and Proverbs, ask yourself if there are paths that you are purposely avoiding out of fear. Think about the beautiful things that may be waiting for you on the other side.