Friday, April 20, 2012

The Path - Stay or Stray?

My son Andrew, his therapist, and I went for a walk in town recently. Andrew, who is autistic, likes to walk a certain path over and over. The repetition is soothing to him. Well, on this particular afternoon, we decided to let Andrew deviate from his normal path. What started out as a simple stroll around the block quickly became an exercise in disaster.

As we neared the end of a cul-de-sac, he spied an electric fence. Curiosity got the better of him, and he began to wriggle away from us. Knowing the danger, we tried to redirect Andrew and get him to head back toward home. He was having none of it. A struggle ensued, and I found myself repeatedly picking him up off of a stranger’s lawn. It must have been quite the sight—two women practically wrestling a kid—and quite possibly losing. We had to use the cell phone to call in reinforcements. He was not going without a fight.

Much like the biblical Jonah, our straying from the plan landed us in an unsafe situation. Jonah ran from the path God had set for him, landing both him and his fellow shipmates in danger.

Andrew’s therapist and I knew what was best for him, but Andrew stubbornly insisted on his own way. Jonah knew what God required of him, but he fled. He trusted in his own reasoning instead of God’s perfect will.
How often do we try to do something on our own, only to see it fail miserably? Unlike Jonah, we may not be swallowed by a huge fish when we try to do something our way, but the results of our stubbornness can be just as devastating. Spiritual emptiness. Moral depravity. Financial ruin. How can we avoid this turmoil we impose upon ourselves?

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

Leaning on our own understanding leads us away from the good God has planned for us. Trusting in God and submitting to His will keep us from the twisted roads that lead to destruction.

Following our own reasoning is a fate worse than being stranded in a cul-de-sac with a testy tyke. Look to God instead, and thrill in the straight paths He will lead you down.

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  1. Such a good reminder, Kristi! I'm going to have that visual picture of you wrestling Andrew in my head for awhile - hopefully, when I'm faced with a decision on which path to take.

  2. I couldn't help but think how hurt Andrew might have been and then how fearful he might become of ever straying from his regular path. He is fortunate to have you to guide him and might not realize it. I wonder how often we stray and God has protected us without our realizing it. I appreciated your lesson this morning.

  3. I'm feeling this one today, Kristi. Need to search out God's will and path, then walk steadily along it. Thanks for the timely reminder :)

  4. Thanks, Ladies. God bless you as you walk in His path.

  5. Kristi, a few months back I decided to take some classes at the local community college. I asked God straight up if I should. He said no. I asked my husband (because I stubbornly wanted to believe that God wasn't really talking to me), hubs said we'll talk about it. Well the talk about it never happened and I discussed it with my mother and my bff, of course they both couldn't see why God wouldn't want me to go back. Well, let's just say that I've spent the last four months struggling to maintain. I began two weeks behind because I couldn't get my books and I've been trying to catch up ever since.

    The thing is something had to give, and the thing that gave was my writing. I had to laugh this week just because I know all the struggling has been because of my straying from the path. Two more weeks and I can get back on.

    Thank you for this beautiful encouragement.

  6. Thank you, Kristi, for the vivid picture of my life verse :) I don't always practice it (of course) but it has proven true in so many key situations in my life. God Bless.



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