Dead End to Open Door


I’m an avid wilderness hiker. I’ve learned the best hike experience occurs when I stay on the trail, abide by the markers, and follow my map. I always plan ahead, even padding a couple of extra days into my schedule just in case I want to stay an extra night beside a luscious lake. One trip, things didn’t go as planned; our group was separated from our food supply and guide. We had to depend on God’s direction and follow the stream to return to civilization. Sometimes we feel confused in life; we yearn to find our path. We try a lot of different things; we are hopeful, yet nothing works. All of our paths have led to a dead end. “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” —Proverbs 4:11

The way of wisdom chooses to trust God no matter what happens. In the game called “Trust,” one person is blindfolded, and another person leads them, using only his or her voice to tell the blindfolded person where to step and how to avoid falling. In the same way, God leads us with His voice through prayer and His word. As we let him take the wrong or even random ways we have departed from his path, He is able to fit them into a comprehensive plan for good. This is God’s Master Plan.

Let’s pray from Romans 8:28 (AMP):

“Father, thank you for leading me and guiding me along your path. I am assured and know that all things work together and are fitting into a plan to and for me, who loves God and called according to God’s design and purpose. Thank you, Lord, that my steps are directed by the Lord.” I will trust you—amen.

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