“O, Lord, You’ve said You will make my path straight!” Barb cried. “So why is my path so crooked?”
My friend and fellow BSF leader, Barb, was referring to Proverbs 4:11, “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths,” and Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
After she cried out to God, she listened for His answer. He seemed to say, “Barb, this is my straight path for you!”
Suddenly it all made sense to her: What appeared crooked was actually the straight path God designed for her. Her meandering, rough journey was the God-designed route leading to His good plans for her.
This reminded both Barb and me of Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Barb hadn’t seen the big picture, but God had it under control.
When Barb recognized these things, she relaxed in God’s love. She felt peace about the way He was leading her through life.
Barb could even look back and connect the dots along her circuitous pathway. One dot at a time, the God-designed picture of her life was taking shape. The process was making more sense.
What about you?
I have a hunch you, too, can look back and connect the dots and recognize, maybe as never before, that God has been leading you all along. Perhaps like Barb, you’ve discovered that your crooked, bumpy paths are really God’s straight paths.
Look at this connect-the-dots picture. My granddaughter, Claire, almost missed 11 and 12. Have you almost missed a significant dot?
Claire got off track between 14 and 15 but then got back on course. When did you veer off track? What brought you back?
What vignettes you can write about your life’s zigzags?
Was there a time you wanted to stroll down a grassy path through the meadow but, instead, God took your hand and led you to a jagged cliff in the desert?
Look for valuable lessons God taught you at that dot in your life.
Connect that dot to the ones before and the ones that followed.
Look for ways God is bringing your dots full circle.
Write your stories!
Your children and grandchildren need to know that God, whose ways and thoughts are higher than ours, makes our paths straight—according to His definition of the word. Your readers need to know how you have connected your dots so they, too, can connect their dots.