God’s Path

I took great delight in the responsorial psalm from last Sunday’s readings.  It talked about following God’s path:

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.

And I was struck by the visual imagery of following God down a path.  Picture yourself walking through the woods, surrounded by the beauty of all

creation.  The path is well-trod, easy to follow, not overgrown or narrow.  You know where you are going and where you have been.  And then the pathOvergrown path that you have been following diverts.  Although the easier path may continue on, you suddenly find yourself on a path that is overgrown with brush.  Your feet step on grasses rather than solid dirt.  Perhaps you find yourself on soft, muddy ground and your shoes become covered in muck.  Thorns and branches block your way.  The road is not easy but this is the path you must follow.  You step from rock to rock as the path leads across rapid waters.  Up steep hills and over rocky terrain, we pass the way we are led.

But finally the path breaks forth into a rich meadow where the grasses are green and sweet-smelling, blowing in the gentle breeze.  The wildflowers tip their faces to the sunshine that bathes the meadow with light.  And life teems throughout with the song of birds and the buzzing of bees.  They nearly sing with God’s love.beautiful meadow

The path that you trod may be treacherous and difficult.  It may make you stumble and get you dirty.  It may be difficult to find in all the overgrowth of this world, but in placing one foot tremulously in front of the other, we walk God’s path in truth and life to emerge into His heavenly meadow of peace.


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