A Thorny Path

Psalm 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

It was a warm, sunny day when I decided to take a walk in the woods. I filled a knapsack with a few items I thought I may need as I started my walk. There was a gravel path which I thought looked very pleasant for strolling, so off I went. The birds were singing in the treetops above and the sunlight shone upon my face from between the gently rustling leaves.

I was soon surprised to find the path grew narrower ahead. I continued on and realized I could no longer hear the birds singing. I felt a chill and looked above to find I could no longer see the blue sky or feel the sun through the leaves. I stopped my journey and opened my knapsack and pull out a lightweight jacket.

Soon, the trees around me seemed closer and it was harder to see the path ahead. I decided I should stop and rummaged in my knapsack to pull out my flashlight. I turned it on and shone it around me. The trees didn’t seem as dark and I was able to continue down the path.

I was startled a few moments later when I felt a great tug on the leg of my pants. A branch full of thorns had gotten tangled on my pants. As I gazed around, I found I was unable to see the path any longer. It was covered in thorny branches! I started to panic as I realized I could not see the way. How was I to get myself untangled? Which way was I to go? I removed my knapsack and rummaged around, hoping to find something to help. My hand touched something cold. To my relief there was a folding hatchet I normally used when camping. I started chopping, working diligently and was soon able to see the path. It grew wider and brighter and soon I was almost home!

Ephesians 6:11, 14-17

11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Just as I prepared for that walk in the woods, God prepares us for our walk each day. As long as we keep our eyes on God, He will clear our path and help us stay on it. The way will not always be sun lite, but He will provide our Light. We may not always be able to hear the sweet sounds of life such as the birds or feel the singing deep in our hearts, but when we pull Him near, He will fill our hearts with His Spirit and it will sing again. There will always be others who do not care about us and surround us with their coldness, but God will always warm us with His Love. We must stay strong in Him and know He has provided us with all we need. When the thorny path is upon us, He will cut a way through and heal any scratches. Trust in His direction and open your knapsack to receive His tools to guide you.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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