Detours–Paths of Destruction

Paths to destruction are frequently very well marked.  Despite the signs, though, those paths are amazingly well traveled.  It makes no sense, but time and again we disregard warnings, hurtling toward our own demise.

Many times we think that the safe path is not as well marked, but that really isn’t true.  Compare it to a highway.  The surface is paved and smooth.  Lines are painted to show where to drive.  The curves and inclines are designed to make the journey safe and comfortable.  It road is even contoured to shed water.  More time and resources were used in preparing the road than will ever be used for the warning signs.

The same is true of the way that God has provided for us.  The path is prepared and the lines are drawn.  More was put into the plan of salvation than anything else.  God gave his only begotten Son.  All we have to do is follow the path–something more easily said than done, but more easily done when we remember that the paths of destruction are only detours.

Choosing to follow the path to life has to be a conscious choice on every step of our journey to the foot of the cross.  Daniel C. Roberts knew this and shared the message in the hymn God of the Ages.  Originally written and better known as God of Our Fathers, Roberts saw the well prepared paths that had brought faith through generations of God fearing people to his own.  Enjoy the words of the second verse.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past;
in this free land with thee our lot is cast;
be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay,
thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

Seek God’s path.  Make it your chosen way.

Follow the Path!

[Use with Destruction, day 31 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]

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Strong to Save

We live in a dangerous world, but we have to admit that most of the perils that we face arise because of choices we have made.  We put ourselves in harm’s way.  We may not have control over our current situation, but chances are that we could have made choices that would have avoided the situation altogether.  Things we have done in the past have consequences today.  Things we do today will have consequences in the future.

Sailors know about perils.  Enemy ships in times of war present direct threats, but danger is not limited to battles.  Wind and waves can tear apart the most seaworthy vessels.  If the ship is lost, even a good swimmer can only swim for so long.  Cold waters can drain energy–and eventually life–from the body, and denizens of the deep can be dangerous and deadly, too.  The only way to avoid all peril on the high seas is to never sail.  Yet we have sailors, military and merchant.  People who choose to face the peril.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save by William Whiting is known as “The Navy Hymn.”  Sung to a tune by John B. Dykes, the words and melodic lines inspire a sense of sailing across endless oceans and waves, with our loving, eternal God watching over to keep us.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm has bound the restless wave,
Who bid the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

As you continue your journey today, know that God is indeed watching over you.  He loves you eternally.  He will keep you eternally.

Follow the Path!

[Use with Peril, day 30 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]

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