Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Summertime means lots of vehicles clogging the highways. With baby animals out and about, the danger of hitting something or someone multiplies. Alert awareness is key to avoiding accidents. The same applies spiritually. Lord, keep our focus on You only as we travel Your path through life.


On the road

Traveling the highways and byways can be dangerous. My sister met a moose while walking on a wood-lined path on Isle Royale. She hid behind a tree until it became safe to go on. Recently my car brakes squealed as I stopped to avoid a doe and her twin fawns crossing the road. On the same day, I also had to let a wild turkey cross. Once in Minneapolis, I watched traffic halt in both directions while a Canada goose led her large family of goslings, tiny yellow fluff balls, across the four-lane highway.

We face obstacles while traveling life’s road as Christians, too. If we’re speeding, trying to accomplish too many tasks at one time, we may find ourselves crashing against a solid wall of anxiety, disappointment, or frustration. Sauntering down God’s path with our minds in the clouds of the past can bring us up short with feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, or anger. Sometimes events not of our doing, such as a family death, a natural disaster, or a criminal act, can rock our world like an earthquake.

No matter what road we travel, at times it seems prudent to hide from the obstacles we face, as my sister did. Yet we know we can’t stay hidden forever. And we need to choose our hiding place. God provides shelter from any problem we face. “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.” (Psalm 91:4) And Psalm 32:7 says: “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble …”

We also need to have our spiritual brakes in good working order. Preparation and planning are necessary for facing sudden obstacles and temptations. What Christian can deal with temptations without awareness? The Bible offers a way to overcome them. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)

Lord, thank You for providing us with a way of escape. As we travel Your eternal road, give us strength to overcome all obstacles that hinder us from following Your path. In Jesus’ name, amen.          

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