[Writing this morning on The Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday prompt, “Path.”]

“Ponder the path of your feet” Wisdom says. 

And to see it?

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…”

In His light I am looking at the path I travel. It so often seems such a zig-zag, or going around-in-circles, which I considered in this post, months ago. Now it seems to zigzag between what could be the rather contemplative life and what could be the intensely social life. Which seems so see-saw, and what I’d like is a stable and uniform way of life.

If my path narrows and grows harder as it climbs and I find myself more and more alone on it, it resembles more the narrow way that Christ described. That other, crowded, popular way… he described that, too. He said it leads to destruction.

So what’s with the back-and-forth that’s been going on, brought about by events lately happening to me and people popping up out of the past? Suddenly nearby people, within a smaller radius, whom I haven’t seen in years, are now sitting in my kitchen or at my patio table, talking time away, catching up. 

Is this a bend in my path, or me getting easily distracted onto side tracks? Maybe the best place to look, more than at my feet or my path — or at least as much, to keep my bearings — is on Him. “Fixing [my] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of [my] faith,” my Guide and Helper Who “keeps my feet to the path.”

I just want to be on Your path, Lord, where You are. Then no matter how narrow or rocky or lonely it gets, I’ll have all the help and comfort and companionship I’ll need. And if it leads through Vanity Fair, I pray, God, that it does exactly that — leads through it, then out, onward and upward, not around and around within it.

Stop.

But I find it interesting that a hymnal flops open before me to “Jesus, I Come,” and I read the words not as gospel invitation, but as my ongoing path.

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8 thoughts on “Pondering My Path

    1. Happy to meet you, Sam’s Noggin! (Love that!) Thanks for your encouraging visit. Yes, looking to Him is… what I figured the L should be in my year’s focus word, C-L-0-S-E-R. Next week will be busy, so I don’t know how much I’ll blog, but, if I can get into it, I’ll be moving on then to how I see more in that than just calling. Blessings to you!

  1. Sylvia,

    Just do the next right thing. I have spent too much of my life orchestrating. I can’t even imagine how many things He placed in my path that I just simply missed of stepped over in pursuit of some “shiny thing” up ahead that I thought was His will. Ugh!

    As I am studying now the day when the works of our hands will be judged as gold, silver or wood, hay, I see a lot of “stuff”. I think the silver hair is bringing wisdom…

    Love you,
    Dawn

  2. Good wisdom there, Dawn. Yes, I believe the silver hair can bring wisdom as we look back and see all the wasted “stuff.” That “orchestrating” usually just ends up being flesh — wood, hay, and stubble — doesn’t it? And that useless pursuit of the “shiny things” so easily imagined as God’s will: that’s exactly what I want so much to avoid with the shrinking time I have left of this earth-life. The problem comes when a day offers two or three “next right things” from which I must choose. Increasingly I believe the best choices are those that will move me more toward Him, especially as opposed to those that compete with Him and tend to drag me away from Him even as I “serve” Him.

    Thanks for another welcome comment. God bless you with a beautiful weekend!

  3. Oh, yes, Dawn, I also wanted to say that as I made choices (like sitting down with those visitors and “wasting” time with them that I wouldn’t have had to) I thought of your posts about “being” rather than doing, and yes, the being definitely was the better choice! 🙂

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