I haven’t written in a while. Glad to be back. The last several months, I’ve been on a journey both spiritually and physically and happy to say I made it through. I’ve driven many miles, read beaucoups of books, learned lots about birds, and more profoundly basked in the love and forgiveness of God.

Reading scriptures to prepare for Pentecost, Psalm 25:4-10 in The Passion Translation captured my heart. In verse 4 it says, “Lord, direct me throughout my journey so I can experience your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.” Verse 8 sings out “When people turn to you, they discover how easy you are to please—so faithful and true! Joyfully you teach them the proper path, even when they go astray.”

Such hope in those verses written by a man that experienced much pain and betrayal. He strayed off the path from time to time, but his heart was after God’s heart. He repeatedly got back on the life-path with his King and declared His goodness for the world to hear.

When 2020 rang in, I happily celebrated a new year with my friends and family. A year ushering in much hope for things better and brighter. And then, unexpectedly a whiff of destruction wafted through the airways. A pandemic raised its gnarly head and life changed as we know it.

This time of shut in has been a time of clarity, introspection, and reconciling for me. In these last months, I’ve wandered down some paths for healing that were excruciatingly difficult and painful. I dealt with memories and hurts I’ve set aside for a long time. But in it all, He remained faithful and true.

I’ve clung to verse 9 in Psalm 25, “Keep showing the humble your path, and lead them into the best decision. Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth.” I’ve learned when I am humble, clinging to the Tree of Life (God’s ways), He takes me by the hand and teaches me, as verse 5 proclaims.

Mostly, I have taken the time to reflect and seek healing and revelation for the unhealthy patterns I planted in the past. I woke up to the fact that in many ways I had been eating from the wrong tree, The Tree of Good and Evil.  My choices based on childhood experiences and earthly knowledge. Not all bad, but some became extremely destructive.

I began crying out “Forgive my failures as a young man (woman) and overlook the sins of my immaturity.  Give me grace, Lord! Always Look at me through your eyes of love—your forgiving eyes of mercy and compassion. When you think of me, see me as one you love and care for. How good you are to me!” vs. 6. He answered my cries.

I’ve fixed my eyes on life-paths the Holy Spirit, my counselor, and I are uncovering together and making plans for the future. For that, I am very grateful.

In this time of what’s left of being hemmed in, I encourage you to seek the life-path that’s pleasing to Him. If you’re on it, Hurray! If you’re feeling twinges of doubt, cry out for His wisdom and guidance. For “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who follow the ways of His covenant.” Psalm 25:9 

 The journey of joy awaits.