Wednesday, November 01, 2017

'He guides me along the right paths'

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
It's been months since this blog has featured a posting based on Scripture. Why?

My life has been increasingly busy - work, home, etc - and the Scripture-based postings require me to think differently. I don't want to just throw out random thoughts to accompany Bible verses. It's been easier lately to just quote a recent article about stroke research or prevention.

I ran across the verses above several weeks ago, waiting for inspiration. I don't know if I have inspiration or not, but I feel compelled to include these verses today, especially the last sentence.

Ever get lost? I've gotten lost a few times while out running - fortunately finding my way back to a known place.

Lately, I've been in places where I could easily have gotten lost. Work has taken me to away from home weeks at a time. But I still want to run outdoors and my work schedule means outside before daylight.

That's increased my chances of being lost while running. So far, however, I've been along the right paths.

A life journey can sometimes be like a run outside in the dark. Familiar features might look different. You miss signs. Curves and turns can be confusing. Sometimes, it's comforting to have a guide along the right path - maybe that's a landmark or a map or someone with you who knows the way.

Thinking about this - running, getting lost, the Psalm verses above - brings me to a couple of decisions. One, I might actually start carrying my smartphone when I run, which I've long resisted. Second and far more important, I plan to spend more time in prayer and more time in considering how God can guide me along the right paths in life.

(Photo from gorfor via Flickr)

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