Up, Down and All Around

Do you ever wonder if you're on the right path? I do, and this past month is no exception. I like to know ahead of time where I'm going and  how I should get there. I want to know what my journey with look like. I can see the big picture and have vision for many things but I've learned that God doesn't always want us to see the big picture. He often wants us to step out and trust Him to lead us as He reveals one step at a time. It reminds me of a toddler learning to walk. The first few steps are the scariest but the more they take, the easier it is and confidence builds. They fall down, get back up, go a different direction, reach for our hand to hold them up, look to us for guidance, knowing we can be trusted.

Questions and scenarios have entered my mind over last few weeks as to whether or not I'm on the right track in one particular area of my life. I spent a significant amount of time researching and praying about it and felt very confident in my decision. I felt very good about all aspects of my choice. So why would I entertain that little voice that planted the seed of doubt? I'm sure there are other reasons but these are a few I know of. We all make mistakes throughout our lives, some big and some small. We don't want to make anymore. We also have an enemy of our soul who wants to thwart Gods plans and purposes for our lives by creating a battle in our mind. No matter what the reason, it's frustrating.

Yesterday I decided to go for a hike. I hiked a trail that I've been to on many times before. Earlier that morning, I was talking to God and told Him that if I was on the wrong path to let me know so I could change direction. As I'm hiking, I took the same right turn I always do and continued up the mountain. The sky was beautiful. It rained the day before so everything smelled fresh and the air was cool. I was in my happy place. I got further up the trail and suddenly wondered if I was going the right way. I looked back and it didn't seem familiar anymore. I looked up ahead and the trail appeared to go to a mountain top that wasn't right. I was quite a ways up this part of the trail that I thought was right but seemed to be wrong. I decided to back down to get back on track. Once I got back to where I had turned off I took a different way up. I went around part of the mountain, making my way up wondering how the heck I made a wrong turn, when I saw a lady coming out from the path I was just on. I looked down and then up and wouldn't you know it, I had been on the right path. What I hadn't been able to see was the place the paths connected that would lead me to the mountain top. I had turned back and taken a different route because I wasn't able to see clearly from where I was at.

How many times have we gone around the mountain, up and then back down and around again? Had I trusted, I would have saved myself time and effort. I did make it to the top and I realized that I am on the right path. I encourage you to take a step today and trust that when you do, God will reveal your next one. I climbed the mountain, and so can you!

You're Worth it!

With Love,                                                                                                                                                                     

Heather Silva

Heather Silva


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