The other morning as we walked along, we came across a bird. It was rather large and we realized it had to be a buzzard or a vulture, but it was covered in fuzz as if it was still a baby - a rather large, disoriented baby that could not fly yet. The beagle that adopted us along the way tried to approach it to scare it off, but as the bird turned to stretch out its wings, the dog decided to retreat.
The dog didn’t understand or heed our warnings to stop and go back when it adopted us, but it knew to back away from the bird. Maybe we should have turned and stretched out our arms and taken a few awkward step. If only we had known!
Either way, the bird finally relented and let us have the walking path back, but it looked so disoriented that I wondered whether it might become frightened as we approached and try to attack us. My friend didn’t acknowledge my cowardice as I stayed a step or two behind her!
We decided the game warden needed to handle this and placed the call. Therein lay another dilemma. Exactly where were we on the trail? I tried the best I could to explain, but maybe we need to put markers along the path, because the game warden called a while later to let me know where he was and it was not even at our hike-and-bike path, but elsewhere. When he said where he was, I questioned it because I thought we had the only hiking paths around. Guess not.
The paths for each of us lie ahead. We have an opportunity to move forward boldly or with caution, retreat, or hide behind someone or something. Wherever we may go, we know where we are at any given moment, until we are faced with uncertainties. That’s when we tell Regis we’d like to “phone a friend.”
In our particular case, we called the sheriff’s office who contacted the game warden for us. The message was garbled about our whereabouts, and that is understandable. I couldn’t even explain where I was and I was there!
There is One who knows where we are at any given moment, answers our calls (yes, no, maybe, or wait), and knows what it is we need before we even ask.
Distance is never an issue. He is always in the wings waiting to hear from us. I purchased a new Bible this weekend, an Amplified Bible, and I am using it for this week’s scripture found in Matthew 7:7-8, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking (reverently) and (the door) will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”
He is waiting on the paths of our lives to guide us and direct us safely home. Ask Him.