I love running in the Summer. The only tricky part is you must hit the trail early enough in the morning to guard yourself from heat exhaustion. Since I primarily run in neighborhoods on sidewalks, if I get out too late in the morning I usually have to duck into the wooded areas for relief from the blazing sun. It’s so cool and refreshing on those little paths that someone carefully carved out for hikers and nature lovers. What I don’t love about the woods is the cobwebs that have been erected directly across the path by all of little creatures overnight. I know I am the first one to blaze the trail that day when I am pummeled by each and every sticky, entangling, cobweb along the way. As I was running through on that last very hot day, I wondered how much more the great pioneers of our faith felt when they were hacking through uncharted territory with the Lord.
Mark 1:1-3New Life Version (NLV)
John the Baptist Makes the Way Ready for the Coming of Jesus
1 The Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, 2 begins with the words of the early preachers: “Listen! I will send My helper to carry the news ahead of you. He will make the way ready. 3 His voice calls out in the desert, ‘Make the way ready for the Lord. Make the road straight for Him!’”
The trail has already been blazed for us. We have Jesus as our Savior and the Holy Spirit living inside of us. As we now forge ahead in Christ, many of us are continuing to blaze new trails for God and it can be exciting, yet treacherous, at the same time. How do we blaze the trail safely?
Proverbs 8:1-2New Life Version (NLV)
8 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the hill beside the way, where the paths meet.
Wisdom is found first and foremost in our bibles and in those who have successfully blazed the trails before us. God not only will give you fresh revelation as you read the Word, but He will also equip you with the verses that you are to use (like a machete) to cut through the obstacles in your path. I believe in this season we must be wielding God’s word against the obstacles on our passage.
God will also bring experienced trailblazers along side of you to counsel and encourage you on your journey through this new territory. Make sure you see fruit in their own lives before accepting their advice. If the fruit is evident, be humble and accept their help. Last and certainly not least, listen to the Holy Spirit inside of you. We must know how vitally important this is. I think about when Ezekiel was taken up in the spirit and had the encounter with the four living creatures.
Ezekiel 1:11-13New Life Version (NLV)
11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above. Each had two wings touching the wings of another, and two covering their bodies. 12 And each one went straight ahead. Every place where the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
God is training all of us to learn to trust and obey His leading through the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We all doubt or don’t recognize God’s leading sometimes, we are human. I don’t know about you, but I want to be like the four living creatures who will only go where the Spirit tells me to go. I only want to blaze the trails that God has laid out for me before the foundations of the earth. What trail are you blazing right now? Does it feel like uncharted territory?