Muddied Paths

We have had some strong rain and wind storms come through the area. Nothing too crippling. Just enough to make it messy and to leave us wanting a good rain to wash it all away.


Life gets like that sometimes. 

We may find ourselves walking along and everything seems just fine. We are enjoying the moment and feel rather content and peaceful. When without much warning, a little crisis slips in. Maybe our financial situation changes for the worse. Perhaps we discover that a relationship we thought was solid and in which we trusted; isn’t all that we believed it was.

Life gets messy. The clear path we are on becomes muddied with indecision or the with the need to make a decision we don’t want to make. We slip around as we walk ahead, trying to stand upright and not to look foolish as we navigate the slippery slope.

img_4767We can’t rush ahead. To do so might only cause greater injury to ourselves. We have to gingerly take one step at a time, looking for the best place to plant our feet. We are ever so watchful of what we are doing, how we are progressing, and where we are heading. We know that there is a dry patch ahead and that we will once again walk lighter.

I find that when I’m in those muddy waters it is better not to walk alone. I may need to ask for help to get through. I may need to take the arm of someone and let them guide me. I may even become so overwhelmed with fear, that I can’t take the steps I need to get past the muck of my life. For me, I have to start with a prayer.

I believe that I am never truly alone. I trust that God will send his Holy Spirit to guide me. I know that if I ask him first, he will send me an answer. That answer may come in my own revelation but frequently it comes from the wise counsel of someone I trust. Someone who also asks for that divine inspiration. Together we sort it out. Together we walk through it. Together, we come out. img_4762

Don’t walk alone. Metaphorically or literally. Ecclesiastes tells us that two are better than one. I know from my own experience that if I sit alone with the gunk in my life long enough that it will overtake me. Usually as depression. If I can’t find my way out, no matter how painful or embarrassing it is, I have to ask someone to walk with me. It can be as simple as telling someone I am in crisis and ask them to pray with and for me.

Don’t walk in the mud by yourself. Reach a hand out. And look forward to the cleaner path. Goodness awaits you. New life is ahead.  I am sure of it!

.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


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