Honestly, this is something I should do at lunch every day. I "accidentally" forgot my shoes last week, and I sincerely forgot my shoes this morning. But this is not what this post is about.
In the teaching-high-school-English portion of my life, I was one of several chaperones for a trip to a national park in our city. It was a very nature-y setting and the students loved just being able to run and roam. Another teacher and I decided to take a walk down one particular trail, just because it looked like "fun." In retrospect, it was not the kind of fun that actually FEELS like fun. It's the kind of fun that you hope will be fun because it resembles an opportunity that could possibly be fun if the planets aligned properly and you were wearing the right kind of shoes. So off we went down this trail that seemed to be fairly worn and had some signage to direct fun-seekers.
To make a long story a little shorter, it started out great. However, when the trail narrowed and then dead-ended at a swamp, a little back-tracking was in order. Then going back the way we came worked but then didn't, because we couldn't find the signage. We eventually, after two hours of "fun," worked our way back to the bus just in time to leave with the students. All was well, minus a few scrapes and a random alligator sighting.
I have a very good friend who was on the same kind of trail. Her son had become addicted to drugs and finding the trail back was a two-year journey. I walked with her at what became the end of her journey, and I will never be the same. God allowed me to be a part of the "fun," and I mean real fun, because I saw first hand how He worked to bring His glory to a sinner who needed a Savior and needed to be saved from his own life. There were so many loose ends that seemed totally unrelated but ended up being tied all together and her son is now part of the family of God. I feel so honored and privileged to have been a witness to it all.
It seems like there are so many "trails" in my life and I am not sure where they are going and there is no signage. I have doubts and I am worried about how I will pay for college, raise children, pay the bills, use my time to do what matters. However, Psalm 27:1 says that "the Lord is my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid?" Can God provide the "signage" that my heart needs? Yes. Will God be faithful to show the way? Yes. Look for God in His Word and He'll be there. Take a friend with you -- share your life and invest into the life of a friend. Your walk together will be truly fun, even without good shoes.
And no alligators.