Have you ever been hiking? I go with my sister and my kids. Have you ever followed a winding trail through a forest over bumpy stones, craggy roots, brushed with tall weeds? My favorite part is when you get to the top and can see a great open space. I do like to hike–even though no matter what I put on I end up rashy from plants and insects. But what makes it worth it for me is that end view.
I really prefer walking the prairie or a beach where there are wide open spaces. Not only do I not have any reactions, I also do not feel claustrophobic. And I like being able to see ahead.
Which maybe is why I also hate following huge trucks on the road…
But I digress. Trusting God is kind of like that forest hike. Even though I would much prefer the open prairie, sometimes I am in the trees. I can enjoy the view in the trees and learn about all sorts of interesting things about nature, and I could go off the path to learn more on my own. But it is keeping my eye on following the right path that will rescue me, bring me into a spacious place, where I can feel rescued from the bugs and delight in the view. And feel the joy of accomplishing the hike.
Are you following me?