Job 38: 25-27 “Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?” (NIV)
Hiking friends meet new friends hiking. Two ladies who had never met talked for two hours on a walk. Nicole was our group leader that day and was confused by not seeing familiar landmarks on old paths, and seeing changes from recent storms. There are 200 acres in Palmer Park in the middle of Colorado Springs to explore, and grand vistas to enjoy Colorado beauty. We had a baby with us who grew hot and tired in the mom’s backpack. We took off his hat. His socks. Then his pants, and still he was hot. Mom carried him the second half of the hike, as it was time for his nap and he was crying.
“The rainstorms have totally changed the landscape of the paths. There are ruts and trees and rocks where there were none before. I don’t know where I am,” said Nicole as we hiked a familiar path in Palmer Park in Colorado Springs. We followed blindly. I am blessed with a good sense of direction and I too have hiked this area many times. We did not find the path she was looking for, so we took another path back to our cars.
Our life path is like this hike. Storms have happened and our journey is totally changed and unrecognizable. There are obstacles where there were none. A new path may have been carved in our lives from the different path. We keep going. I trust that God knows where I am and where I am going. Even when I am lost.
When has your life taken a radical change in direction? How did you adjust to the change? What is your anxiety level when you are lost in the woods?