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December 4, 2011 / joelmalm

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

This morning I read Psalm 48.  It closes with this line:

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

It reminded me of hiking the Inca Trail.  It’s a three-day hike and our team tended to get separated, choosing our own pace.  I remember the guide telling me there were two forks in the trail toward the end.  He told me which way to go, but by the time I was approaching them I had forgotten.

I was getting nervous because I knew I was at the back of the pack.  Did they all leave me?  Getting lost in the mountains of Peru after an eight-hour hike was not in my plans.

I came to the fork and stopped. I looked at the signs.  Neither of them sounded familiar.  Then from behind me I heard, “La derecha.”  Our guide was sitting in some bushes out of view.  Man, was I relieved.

God seems to hide out when we need his direction most.  But I have to remember that even if I can’t see him, he’s there at every crossroad.  I just have to stop marching for a second, get quiet and listen.  He will be our guide even to the end.

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  1. Cat / Dec 6 2011 5:38 am

    The hard part for me was that the guide was sitting in the bushes behind you…watching you struggle to decide. In my immaturity I believed the longer we walk with the Lord the easier it becomes to hear Him. In a way, that’s true. But I’ve learned it’s more a function of faith exercised over time than a magical symbol of His approval. 🙂

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