Barbara Higby

Purpose in the Path

Not without Purpose #3

The one thing I remember from geometry class (the only thing I remember) is The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Have you ever wondered why the Creator of geometry ignores His own principle?

My road seems to be curved and hilly with detours and potholes, anything but a straight line and a short distance. And yet, there’s much to see (and learn) along the way.

In September, Rich and I traveled to Maine along a scenic route, not the shortest distance but the most beautiful. A straight line would have been faster, but it would have hidden seaside villages and erose shorelines, the sunset on Rock Harbor Marsh, Arnold’s Clam Bar, the lighthouse in Rockland, an out-of-the-way 60’s restaurant, and the incoming tide that strands tourists on a peninsula-turned-island. And we learned about marine life and people and history and nature. The slower route held blessings we would have missed had we driven a straight line.

Assurances in Proverbs tell me not to fret about the twists in my path:

  • In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (3:6)
  • I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. (4:11-12)
  • Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. (4:25-26)

I put God first and He straightens my path. I walk in wisdom and He keeps me from stumbling. I look straight ahead, eyes on Jesus, and my path becomes level and firm.

There is purpose in your path. It’s not a detour—it’s a plan.

 “If God is with you, then your journey is also part of your destination.”  —Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries

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