Show me the path where I should walk
"Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25:4-5
"Show me the path where I should walk..." What if we prayed these words first thing in the morning. The moment we open our eyes, "Lord, show me the path where I should walk!" Lately, opening my eyes in the morning has been more than difficult and when I do, dread immediately wants to take it's ugly place in my heart. Many times I wake up not pondering the choices and paths I have ahead of me, I blindly wake up to whatever path my feet touch. This path could be anxiety, hopelessness, fear, or a path of self-reliance, ready to lean on my own strength to get through the day. This strength usually lasts about 20 minutes, than I find myself wanting to go back to bed.
Depression keeps many from wanting to get out of bed; I truly believe it is because we see the paths in front of us and say "no thank you" I will stay right here. So how do these paths reveal themselves to us? We decide the path we take by deciding which first thought we will entertain before sitting up in the morning. I've noticed the first thought that I decide to feed in the morning is the thought that lays out the design for the rest of my day. If my thought is that of dread, or anxiety, my attitude and actions will follow those messages throughout the day. If my thoughts are full of sadness, I will find myself dragging my feet barely able to accomplish anything because of the heaviness on my shoulders. Ever have those days where you make sure every one knows you are in a bad mood? This usually can be tracked to some first thoughts of anger, maybe remembering that thing someone did or said to you yesterday.
So what if we ask God to show us the path, ask Him to show us the thoughts we should allow to open our day with. The path of trust in Him and His love for us. The path of faith, knowing that He has everything under control, even when everything visible seems out of control. The path that reminds us that God is good, God is love, and God has plan and works everything out for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
You might say, "I don't see those paths", "I see paths of stress, anxiety, work, heartache". Trust me I know, I see those same paths every day. The only way we can see those the paths God wants us to walk in, is by reading His word. This verse says "lead me by your truth and teach me". His truth is found in His word, the more we dive in, read and meditate on His word, the clearer are His paths and His direction. We have the promise that we can put our hope in Him all day long and He will save us, no matter what we are facing. I need to remind myself of this every single day!
So as you wake up tomorrow, stop and ask God to "show you the path where you should walk", and walk in it.
Til next time...