Walking in the area near where we live I find myself going down many different pathways – some are only small tracks – alongside the farmers fields – some – more worn by other walkers – others – quite overgrown.
Depending on how the weather has been – they can be dry and rutted – or wet and muddy!
Some are narrow – with just sufficient room for one person to walk – others are wide – maybe curving all the way round a field – or maybe simply disappearing into the distance.
There are of course some paths that I am not allowed to walk along ! – these are usually well marked – and only used by those who have the right to them – either because they lead to their private property or land.
Part of my walk often necessitates me walking on the side of the country roads – the smooth tamac easy on the feet – but at times a challenge to get out of the way of vehicles passing by.
I so often find myself comparing what I see around me – to life.
Of course we can all recognise that on our life’s journey we travel along many different roads – or tracks – some are easy – some more challenging. The seasons of our life so often affect the paths we walk – some paths are simply just not ours to follow – some are well trodden – others it would seem as though no one else has travelled that way.
For me – as I look back on the many paths my feet have travelled – I’m simply conscious that I have not travelled even one of them alone- there has been One Who has waked by my side – Always – One Who has trod the path before me – Who has promised to be with me and Who knows the way that I take – even before I begin my journey.
Even as I literally walk the different paths – I find my soul restored – as I contemplate God’s wonderful creation – recognise His love for me.