We went on a family vacation to Colorado and we carved out a morning to go snowmobiling. During our play time, we were allowed to ride our snowmobiles as fast as we wanted. Before we took off, our guide had us follow him along 2 paths that did a figure 8 of where we could go. He also said to be careful and not to go left or right of the path because you could get lost amongst the trees. He made the comment that there have been others who have gone off the path and have gotten lost and did not know how to get out. I thought he was just trying to scare us.
I was so excited during our play time that I veered off the path slightly. All of a sudden, there was no one around; and once I realized that I did not know how to get back, my hands started to sweat and my heart began to beat faster. However, minutes later, I saw my husband in the distance and he yelled, “Come follow me!”
Right behind him was the guide waving his hand. After our excursion was over, I thought about the times when I felt lost, like I veered off the path that was set before me. Sometimes we ask God to make our paths straight, cool and smooth. But if you read in Psalm 18:33, you read David saying that “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights” (NIV).
You see, David was asking God to make his feet like the feet of the deer so he may stand without fear on the highest places. It dawned on me that I have been asking God to give me an easy path. I wanted my path flat, wide, smooth and cool. God says it isn’t like that.
There will be times in your life where your path will be hell — a straight incline that is extremely dangerous with one big rock after another in 120 degree heat. David was not asking for an easy path; he asked God to give him the right kind of feet. If we have the right feet, we can handle any path God gives us.
So as I was thinking about our snowmobiling adventure and the path I was on, I realized that I have been asking God for an easy path: a smooth way of doing church ministry, of raising children, of opening a new business and of dealing with my daddy’s death. I wanted a wide and open path that I could not get lost on. But much to my dismay I was lost. I felt lost, like I did high up in the Colorado mountains on a snowmobile.
What I should have asked God was for Him to give me the right feet for the path. What kind of path are you on at this time of your life? Are you trying to venture to the right or the left of where God wants you to be or are you asking God that whatever path He has you on that He gives you the right kind of feet?
“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.”
– Psalm 18:33 (NIV)
“Father, please help me to be ready for all that You have for me. Give me the ‘feet’ that I will need to stay in Your will and to continue on the path that You have established for me. Let my steps glorify You….”
Spiritual Chick with Wings