Hiking on various trails is a simple, yet quite fun adventure one can take wherever you live in the world. Lacing up one’s shoes, throwing basic necessities in the day bag, filling up the water bottle and away we go to explore, experience and enjoy a new place.
But when you are new to a trail you do not always know the layout or the slight nuances. Does it turn off here? How much does the terrain change? It’s all part of the adventure of getting up and going.
Recently I was exploring a new trail and had all these exact questions. I was taking in the incredible new sights while trying not to lose one of my shoes in the murky mud patches. Every so often I would look up to see there were turnoffs. This particular adventure had about four trails crisscrossing and at times joining each other. So one had to be observant where she was going and which trail she was actually on.
Inevitably whenever I was beginning to wonder where I needed to turn or if I needed to go straight there would be a Green Arrow pointing me in the right direction. There was no confusion once I saw that little green arrow. I knew exactly where I needed to go, what I had to do.
“By your words I can see where I’m going;
They throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
From living your righteous order.”
(Psalm 119:105-106 The Message)
At times in our faith journeys we can be confused as to where to go and what to do. We have the resolved to serve God with our whole heart and our lives but the path turns, the terrain changes, another path appears to be the one we should be on.
We look up and around trying to discern where and how God is leading us in that moment. We wonder if we need to decide on our own without God’s assistance. But just as we think we need to make a decision on our own…
There appears a green arrow right before us. When we need it most the green arrow of the Holy Spirit appears and we are reassured of where God is taking us at the moment. The Holy Spirit nudges us towards what God has planned for us to explore, experience and enjoy. We need not worry.
As you travel along your faith journey keep your head up and eyes clear to see where the green arrow appears next pointing you in the right direction. Remain resolved to not become discouraged. Enjoy the adventure. Take in all the sights and experiences.
Keep saying to yourself, “There’s always a green arrow when you need one”. Take it from me they come at just the right moment. You just got to be ready to see them.
This Week’s Challenge – Notice how many green arrows God sets before you this week. Where do you see Him guiding you along your journey. Write them down in your journal to remember and be not discouraged.