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Thursday, August 25, 2011

"You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy..." (Psalm 16:11).

Much may be said about the effect of the presence of God upon the path of life, but recently this is what I have to say about it.  Step aside and let God show the way.  Too often we let fear, loneliness, anger, the past, burdensome expectations and the like show the way.  We start stepping up and in and everywhere.  We step up to protect, in to intervene, over to the future to forecast it, into the past to solve it, and into the present to engage it.  In all our stepping, we step everywhere but aside, until a certain reality steps onto our path and stops our next step.  The reality is that God is already there.

Certainly I am not alone in requiring this reminder, but it is marvelously given to me when I need it.  When unsure of which way is what, I imagine my steps have most resembled those of a scared rabbit zigzagging her way down the path.  It happened not so long ago.  I had reason to fear, reason to protect and intervene.  Rightly I stepped up and in, here and there until this reality, stronger than my stride, stopped my sturdy-shoed feet and relief followed on the heel.

When we cry out, “Where do I turn next?” and “Where does it end?” God crosses the path we are on and shows us the path He is on.  It is where He is.  It is affected by fullness of joy.  It is the path of life.

Author: Carolyn Roehrig

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