Straight Paths – a devotional

Straight Paths with Faith, a devotional

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

I have a vivid memory from childhood of a time when we were in Puerto Rico, visiting some of our folks who lived in the mountains. Possibly the time we visited my paternal grandfather. In hindsight, I should remember the destination/visit, rather than the journey. Sadly, the journey is what stuck. The feeling of panic, as we drove through and up the mountain. A very steep mountain of winding dirt roads and no guardrails. One lane unpaved paths, with blind turns, that one would have to beep and honk before rounding.
How easily life’s traumatic events remain so vivid, while some of our most joyous moments become a distant forgotten memory.
We recently traveled to North Carolina and our stay happened to be — in the mountains. Our initial trek up (and eventually down) the mountain, instantly reduced me to that panicked child once again. The steep one lane roads and blind turns with no guardrails was an exact parallel. An overwhelming sense of anxiety and fear washed over me, my pounding heart almost audible.
I immediately began talking to God, please God keep us safe…Lord steer this car.
As I went through this ordeal, I thought to myself – Trust Him…Trust Godeverything will be okay; and thought of the popular bible verse from Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Aside from the obvious – Trust in the Lord; I immediately thought of this scripture because of – straight paths. Although the verse may speak to life’s journey itself as our paths, I also thought of it metaphorically in that moment…since I was physically on winding roads.

So, we made it up the mountain safely; still shaken, I was grateful. As my husband puts the car in park, he immediately reminds me to trust the Lord, “God’s got us, He’s got this. There is nothing to worry about.” Later I tell my mother how I felt, and she of course reminds me of the same. Instinctively, I said to both, “I know – I know…I prayed.” The next day came, and I was still panicked, with the same anxiety.

In all your ways acknowledge Him…

That evening I prayed. I stopped, got on my knees, and really talked with God. I prayed that He remove that anxiety and fear from the pit of my stomach. To rid me of the nerves and stress.

The following day and all others thereafter, as we drove up and down – that sensation of anxiety was lifted. The feeling of dread – gone. No longer did I experience that sinking feeling.

-Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

I surely thanked and praised God. He straightened the path for me.

Seek the Lord…pray to Him with faith and allow Him to straighten your paths in this life too.


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