“When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed.” Psalm 119.59
It is so easy to get off track. If you have any doubts, just look at any sports team. England in the football World Cup, England in the rugby World Cup, Mets in any baseball game, or the Mclaren F1 team in any race (either team driver). I find in my own life it is never a questions of losing focus, rather it is always a question of how quickly I lose and potentially regain my sight!
When I take an honest reflection, I see life’s journey as a series of steps correcting my eyesight. With each new vision correction, minor God surgery if I am getting off easy, I think I am at my final destination. The picture I see is so much clearer than before, full of life, bright colors and awesome beauty. As I continue the path I realize that although the scene is better than it was in the past it could be even more awesome! My bright new vision is actually full of haze and graffiti. The very things that looked so crisp to me are actually a dim reflection when I pass the next milepost.
The journey is often painful in addition to the darkness. Blindness is only half the battle. Friends take opposing positions in front of God, questioning every move. People take potshots on a regular basis, with no apparent gain other than my pain.
The improved vision provides a wide range of answers and promises. These include –
God has blazed the trail before me, taking the shots, planting the safety lines, and mapping the route to victory.
God has left power bars at every step along the way. He always provides and supports. He is listening and talking each along the path.
God invites us to understand the journey. Teamwork is never one person’s task. God is willing to provide the power, directions, and advice; we make our own choices.
Wow, what a sight!