Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Parks Canada gives instructions and warnings about hiking in national parks. Their website says, “Stay on marked trails. Only camp in designated areas. Use roadways and pathways to travel to and from campground facilities (cook shelters, bathrooms, etc.). Don’t cut through neighbouring campsites. Not only can it disturb other campers, it can also cause damage to fragile vegetation. Avoid camping outside of designated areas, especially near running water, thick brush or berry patches where encounters with bears or other wildlife are more likely.”
Life does tend to take twists and turns that are unexpected and disturbing. They can be caused by the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, or our own illness. Sometimes the twists and turns come because of our own sinfulness, stubbornness or willfulness. Is there anywhere we can turn when life takes an unexpected turn? Listen to what King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” When we trust Jesus Christ, He takes control of our lives. We have the assurance and experience of His presence in us and with us. When our lives don’t make any sense, He makes sense of it all. It is in those challenging times that we are called to trust Him and call out to Him. Just as He was in the boat when the disciples were facing the storm, He is in our lives when we face the storms that come our way. Reach out to Him in faith. Trust in Him with all your heart. He will calm the storm.
These have been words from the heart.