The Direct Path
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
We all have times in our lives where our paths through life feel anything but straight. Maybe our work life took some twists and turns. Maybe a relationship has some tangles to it. Maybe our faith seems to loop around and around like a cloverleaf. Does this common experience mean that we just don’t trust the Lord enough?
We can admit that trust is an area where each of us can grow. And many of us have grown in trust over the years. But the proverb doesn’t read as a one-to-one correlation.
As we place our trust wholeheartedly on the Lord, he opens for us the most direct route to our destiny. Just as the most direct route from Chapel Hill to Sanford dips you down the hill toward the Haw, runs you through the circle in Pittsboro, and along that wide-open stretch of 15-501, the Lord’s straight path contains complexity, drama, and beauty. But it gets you there.
The easiest path isn’t always the most direct one. The easiest path won’t always lead you where you want to go. The easiest path doesn’t require you to trust the Lord. The straight path is better.
Time and time again the Lord takes people straight to the place they need to get the experience they need to meet the needs of a person or community in need.
What if the Lord’s leading is taking you directly to the place you need to be in this season … to do good now and to prepare for what’s next?