Chris snapped this picture when we were in Cali. We walked up a really steep hill to get a better view of the coast. We had to cross over a creek on our way up and back down from the hill. My mission was to NOT FALL in the creek (I have little deer ankles that tend to fail me; often leading me face first to the ground). As we were crossing the creek, I looked up and saw a few other people going a different way. I remember grumbling to myself, “Their way looks easier.” And immediately after that I felt a little nudging reminder, “I haven’t called you to take the easier path.” God hasn’t called His children to take the road that leads to an easy life. And that’s been a hard pill to swallow for me. I don’t like obstacles. I’ve never been the type of person to enjoy taking up a challenge. I can barely walk a straight line on a wide path, let alone a straight and narrow one. But here’s the really cool thing. Although, Jesus has called his disciples to walk the straight and narrow path; He knows that we will trip and fall sometimes. He doesn’t excuse it or turn a blind eye to it though. He doesn’t leave you when you’ve fallen. He tells you to get back up and keep walking.
If you take anything away from these words please remember this. God has called you to walk His path. His path for you might look different than the path your sister or brother in Christ is walking. His path for you isn’t going to be any easier or harder than someone else’s. But one thing I’ve learned is, we can’t walk His path if we are trying to lay out our own path.
At the end of His path you will find your strength to get back up. At the end of His path you will find peace, joy, and hope. At the end of His path you will find love. Isn’t that what we go searching for when we choose to make our own way?