It abruptly stopped and disappeared beneath our feet. Fortunately we had a map.
Paths are supposed to lead to a destination. This one did; the top of a mountain. But it didnít continue or circle back. It simply stopped. Paths are paths because people or animals walk them regularly. Grass is worn because of the traffic. Iíve walked root littered paths, rock infested paths, paths leading over mountain balds and paths passing through dense woods. Some popular paths are even denoted on maps.
Walking paths has purpose. Iíve never walked one just to say I did. I was going somewhere, looking at scenery, or taking a shortcut. Iíve walked some paths that disappointed me and others that amazed me.
David was a shepherd and a path walker. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Psalm 23:3 KJV).
God led David to paths of righteousness and gave him strength to walk them but wouldnít force him to. Sometimes he walked the right path; at other times he chose the wrong one. God has led me to the same paths, and Iíve followed Davidís example-good choices and not so good choices.
What paths we take in life and why is important. A modern translation reads He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths (NLT). Right paths lead to love, kindness, integrity, patience, unselfishness, godly living, joy and peace. God provides the strength to walk these paths, but we must choose them instead of paths leading to the opposite. When we rebel against the paths our Shepherd leads us to, we throw away the chance to experience lifeís best. The next time youíre tempted to take an alternate route, choose the Shepherdís path instead.
Prayer: Great Shepherd, guide us to the paths leading to lifeís best and strengthen us to walk them. www.lovelinesfromgod.com
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I found this to be a lovely thought. I would have liked to see the scripture in bold or italic print, to kind of separate it and make it special from the rest of the writing, but all in all this is a very good piece of writing.