If we knew what lay ahead in the path of life, there are some paths we simply wouldn’t take. If people had known the Titanic ship was doomed to sink, no one would have bought tickets and boarded it. But what about the paths we avoid not knowing how they will end; but we unknowingly avoid a path that would have led us to something astounding and tremendous.
Sometimes we avoid following a path because the outcome doesn’t appear to have hope or promise. The times when I’ve traveled a path I didn’t want to go, or that was difficult or was fraught with obstacles and when I was the most drained of strength: it was at these times the reward on the other side was the greatest. It isn’t always the path that looks the rosiest that is always the best path, or even the right path.
Sometimes it is difficult knowing which path to take or knowing if you are on the right path. Someone once said, “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” In the midst of not knowing which way to go I can only do what I have always done, and that is put my trust in God. Jesus Christ is the only one who knows the end from the beginning. He knows the number of hairs on our head, and he surely knows what is best for us. When I am struggling with what to do, and sometimes the only thing I can do is say, “Jesus, I trust you, please lead me into what is right and good.” If you choose to follow what the Lord says, you can never go wrong.
Proverbs 3:5,6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” If we go the way God directs us, he has promised us he would never leave us or forsake us. Leaving and forsaking are two different things. You can forsake someone and not physically leave them. To forsake someone is to emotionally abandon them, leaving someone is to be physically absent. Jesus said he would do neither. I am so glad that I serve a God that has kept his promise to me. People have come into my life, and people have exited my life. I have had relatives, loved ones, and a spouse leave forsake, and then forsake even more; but just as he promised God never left me; even in my darkest hours.
If you are unsure as to which way to go, always pray this prayer; “Jesus, please show me which way to go and what decision to make. Lord Jesus, please direct my path, make my way clear so thy name is glorified.” He will answer you, all he ask is that you put him first, and seek him first.