This morning, my heart has felt the pressing weight of my walk with the Lord. My Christian walk feels less like the footsteps on the sand that has so infamously been painted for us and more like a hard, rocky and unlevel terrain with its bumps and hazards along the way. Some days, my attention can’t find its gaze on the beautiful horizon that lies before me but is instead crippled in fear of a twisted ankle.
Two Roads Diverged
Earlier in my Christian walk, I thought that I was taking the easy path on this journey called life. “My yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matt. 11:30)“ still resurfaces in my mind when I’m crushed in my circumstances. The weight feels anything but light. And even though “broad is the path that leads to destruction and many enter through it (Matt. 7:13),” I am nonetheless thankful that I took the road less traveled.
If broad is the path and many people are walking it, the terrain would be well worn. Or comfortable in today’s terms. An easier walk for sure. A narrow, rocky path couldn’t be more opposite.
A Christian Walk Includes Twisted Ankles
As I stumble through the path I’m on, I hear a different word from the Lord, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver. I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Twisted ankles are part of the Christian walk and it’s part of our refining. People don’t twist their ankles on open level ground; it happens in the rocky woods.
The Path That Completes Us
There’s no turning back. This is the path I’m on for the rest of my life. I know that there’s an amazing promise awaiting me at the end of this path:
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.“1 Peter 5:10
The suffering is this temporary life we have here on this Earth. This is not our home. “A little while” is the little dash between the day we were born and the day we leave this earth. In the process of our refining, God is sanctifying us. He’s restoring us, confirming that we belong to Him, giving us strength to keep walking, and when the journey is complete, we will be glorified in Him.
Just Enough Light To See
When you’re on the back trails of life, it can feel very dark at times. You’re not out on the broad trail, you’re on a narrow path out in the deepest of woods. The good news is that Jesus didn’t drop us off and leave it to our own navigation skills to find our way. He lights our path for us so that we can see the next step.
”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12
Our great navigator speaks to us through His word. When we don’t know which step to take or which turn on the path we are to heed, He speaks to us:
”Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”Psalm 119:105
Outside of Jesus, no one had a rockier path to walk than the Apostle Paul. He was shipwrecked, beaten, mocked, disowned, and imprisoned. But he knew their was something greater ahead: “I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
May your path be rocky and your ankles sore.