Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Divided Path

Have you ever stood at a "fork in the road" of your life? Imagine you're walking through a beautiful woods. The path your on is clear and bright. The walk thus far has been enjoyable. On this walk, you've met people that have given you both joy and grief. Each person and experience has somehow changed your character. Without realizing it, you've been made a better person because of each encounter. Perhaps the path has taken a few curves or bends but in all the journey has been easily traversed. Out of a seeming nowhere, you come upon a divided path. One that isn't marked on your map and no one around seems to know which way will keep you on the comfortable journey. You stop and stand at the fork. There are no clear signs saying ... "This way to God's purpose for your life" or "Don't take this path, you'll be forever sorry if you do." Neither one is more or less attractive than the other.

Maybe you're the type of person that has always had a clear plan for your life. Perhaps you've always known exactly what you want out of life and you've obtained those wants by the hard work of your own hands. Then, just like the rain on a warm summer day, indecision soaks you to the bone. There's no warning. It just happens.

Have you ever been at that point in your life? In that moment, what did you do?

I made the decision to pursue my dream of writing by stopping and listening. In the middle of what I felt was a woods and at a divided path, I stopped and prayed. Then, I listened for the voice of the One that looks straight into my heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

If you're standing at a divided path and you feel God calling you. Take the path that leads you to His voice. Then, commit that path to God. He blesses the path chosen in prayer and with a heart that is fully committed to Him.

Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."

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