Never Straight

When I think about the paths I have traveled in my life, it was never a straight journey. Many people enter life with hopes, dreams and wishes and they really seem to know what they want. I started my life thinking that I knew what I wanted only to be disappointed time and time again.

But when I reflect on that thirty plus years of my life that have passed by I think, “Isn’t this what God had planned for me all along?” The Israelites did not have an easy, or straight, journey either. They traveled in the desert for years before entering the promised land. God led them in that direction on purpose.

There are many other stories in the Bible where God takes a common man and directs him in a most unconventionalĀ manner. Jacob and Paul are great examples of paths that were not straight and very difficult.

I often think, “Where would I be now if my life had gone the way that I wanted it? Would I be happier than I am right now?” Probably not. I often think of Proverbs 16:9 NIV “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”.

You do not need to know the path I have traveled in my life or the distance from where I began. All you need to know is this, without God I never would have made it. I think we can say that much for all of the travelers in the Bible as well. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you’re going in a straight line, God throws another curve into your life. Don’t fight it, embrace it. It is all in His plan.

How is your life journey going? Is it a straight path or a rocky road? I’d appreciate any comments or feedback.

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