A Different Kind of Path
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
I’ve taken a different path than most of my friends. While many have established some sense of stability in their lives with careers, marriages, and homes – all good things blessed by the Lord; however God has led me through a different kind of path for my life and has reminded me that our stability ultimately is upon God our rock and foundation whom informs us who we are, who He is, and why we need Him. There are some days it does get a bit difficult bearing with these differences, as some people may have heard the saying of Theodore Roosevelt that “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I know that life is not just about the accumulation of things at the end of the day but to live life to the fullest in accordance to the Lord’s plans is what provides the greatest satisfaction. But even still, this is not to discount the fact that life can get challenging sometimes especially when you may feel from time to time like you’re drawing from empty.
I’ve been in a seemingly long season of taking risks and leaps of faith, waiting, wrestling, discerning, and praying. The season has been dry at times, scary at times, and full of growing pains. But all in all, it has been a good time of being trained and disciplined to depend on the Lord all the more – and O how much I need Him indeed!
It’s rather interesting at the same time that God teaches me so much through the time I am so privileged and blessed to spend with my niece. Just the other day before she was going to take a nap, I tried to get her to give me a hug and kisses and likewise give her a hug and kisses but she found it more amusing to withhold it from me. It wasn’t until I explained to her that I was leaving the house and that I wasn’t going to see her until another day that she decided that it was a well-worth reason to extend a hug and kisses. This made me think of how much we are like children in the aspect of how we withhold what God asks of us, and how often times it isn’t until there is a ‘well-worth reason’ in our eyes that we surrender what we hold onto so tightly and try to be in control of.
While I’ve been trying to hold onto my ideals and plans in this current long season of transition, I’m reminded again and again from the Book of Proverbs to depend on God’s wisdom and discernment and to surrender my plans and yield to His. And as much as it’s an uneasy feeling at times to ‘have little’ in my eyes and to trust in His providence; I know that it’s so much more important for me to hold onto His Word to guide and guard my heart and to turn to Him in prayer each day and moment in order to persevere. His grace is more than enough – this is something I often have to translate from head knowledge to heart knowledge, remembering and inviting God to work through my heart.
Truly, it’s quite amazing how God works to remind me that I’m not alone in these experiences. I had a blessed time of fellowship recently with some old friends I haven’t seen for quite some time. All these thoughts that have been brewing in my mind and heart for months, and I had in fact started a post relating to this months ago but never got around to completing it until now – all these thoughts were captured so well out loud through this unexpected time of fellowship. God is so good!
We were in agreement all in all that it comes down to knowing our identity in God as being very crucial. Anything or anyone we depend on will not fulfill us in our needs as God does and can. And the more we are able to understand and embrace God’s amazing grace and victory, the more we are able to walk in the freedom that God desires for us to walk in – no longer condemned but forgiven and redeemed through Jesus Christ once and for all.
There will be days when we feel a bit discouraged and perhaps even hopeless, but those are the very days we need to recall the times that God has already shown us time and time again of His steadfast love and faithfulness in our lives. Those are the days when we might just need extra prayer and words of affirmation and support from community; and perhaps a time to grieve with community as necessary to remind us that we’re not alone in our struggles.
My point is that our journeys are not meant to be a replica of the journey of one another. We will have differences in the paths we take and in what we learn from it. But what matters most is that our journey is one that we invite God into continuously and intentionally; and that we walk with hope, courage, and faith knowing that God does not lead us into paths in vain but with great purposes for growth, healing, and transformation in Him.
Abba Father, renew our hearts and strength each day and fill us with Your Spirit so that we persevere through our lives on earth wholly on You. Help us experience more of Your divine power and grace in our lives so that we would see that truly You are the sovereign God above all things. Mountain high or valley lows, Lord help us to praise You even still and remind us that we are Yours - we are Your beloved and blessed children. Help us to sit with You to work through our struggles – help us to understand and to seek You in the midst of the times of discouragements and hopelessness. Bring people into our lives that will point us back to You, to see Your truth and love and compassion. And help us especially to see that even if You bring us into paths that may be different than what we’re used to, You won’t abandon us. Let Your Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths O God! In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen!
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