Sunday, July 21 2024 - 6:43 AM
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Walking the Path

When I grew up in New York City, we had a big painting hanging on the wall behind the couch. I was intrigued by the scenery because it had a beautiful path wandering through the snow. The path meandered past giant trees and a house, and disappeared into the distance. I would stare at the path and wonder where would it take me if I had strolled through the snow. I would imagine walking and disappearing into the distance right where the path met the horizon. What would I find over the horizon? Where would it take me? I guess that is one reason that I still find photos and artwork with paths intriguing.

Life is like a path that takes us places we never dreamed about or imagined. Sometimes we gaze into the future and try to plan and predict what will happen but we can never see the end of the road. Sometimes, we can’t even see into the next moment. There are too many potholes, cracks in the sidewalk, or pitfalls that might keep us from our final destination.

Once while I was visiting in Washington D.C., I arrived at my hotel after the restaurant closed. I was hungry so I thought I would stop by a nearby drug store for peanuts and a breakfast bar. As I walked quickly through the dark lit streets, I did not see an uneven portion of the sidewalk. Just as I got ready to dart across the street, I tripped and flew out onto the asphalt. Luckily no cars were coming. I was a bit embarrassed as a few people stopped to see if I was okay, so I assured them that I was and continued to the drug store. I grabbed a few snacks and other purchases to clean and bandage my wounded knees. That’s right, I skinned both of them rather good.

When we spend time in God’s Word, the messages act as lights to show us the path of life so that we don’t stumble and fall. We learn about the pitfalls of our broken human nature and navigate around them. We discover places that would cause us to stumble in our walk with Christ. And we learn that God gives us strength to go life’s distance.

When we travel through the darkest moments in our lives, we know that we don’t have to fear evil because God tells us in Psalms 23:4 that He is with us. With God’s Word as light, we can navigate the sidewalks of life and avoid falling into situations that hurt or potentially destroy us. He promises us that His Word will guide us through life’s path that will lead us to our final destination: His kingdom.

Pamela A Williams writes from Southern California.

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About Pamela A. Williams, MPH, RD

Pamela A. Williams, MPH, RD

is a dietitian, photographer, and writer in Southern California.

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