Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s February and anyone who lives in Rochester, NY knows about snow all too well. Many times you have shoveled it, driven through it, played in it, walked through it. It can be beautiful and it can be dreadful.
Imagine waking up to a thick fresh coat of pure white snow blanketing everything in sight. You make your way outside to go to your car, walk the dog, or get the newspaper. You trek through the deep snow, making your own trail. Each step is difficult as the depth and weight of the snow pulls on you.
Eventually you see one perfect set of footprints on the sidewalk where someone else had already walked. You find yourself stepping directly in these footprints and realize how much easier it is to walk now. The footprints are large and just a bit further apart in length than your natural stride. Even though it stretches you a little bit to match the stride, the effort is worth it because it is still easier to follow those footprints than it was to make your own.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
At times God will ask you to take the road less traveled, to blaze your own trail. You can go on your own, wanting (even with good intentions) to just go, to find something new. However, you need to be aware and not jump the gun or go when you aren’t being told to go. There are times God may be preparing you and giving you a glimpse of where you will go but, until He releases you, you need to wait. If you go on your own, you will be walking on that path where the snow is deep and heavy and every step is hard and pulls on you.
Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path.
When you go in the appointed timing, there is another set of footprints. God goes before you to make the way. It will not be a simple walk, it may stretch you to push a little harder because He wants you to take steps that are a little bigger than what you are used to. But they are not so far apart that you cannot make it. It is clean, pure, white, and you are following a single set of footprints ahead of you. You can see the beauty ahead but you also need to be conscious of each step, to look at each footprint, especially at first. When you get used to the rhythm you can look ahead more often without losing step because you’re learning the pattern and adjusting your stride and rhythm to it. Your steps become deliberate. It is a good place to be. Knowing you were not and are not alone in this journey.
For more info: Stay tuned for part two of Paths, when there are many sets of footprints on your path…