Wilderness Roadways

Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert… the people whom I formed for Myself, will declare My praise. Isaiah 43:19,21 (The New American Standard Bible)

Once again I was in the Maine woods last week and as usual found myself walking along skidder tracks and following game trails as I moved from one location to another. Some game trails (deer and moose) generally offer the paths of least resistance through the woods but often don't always lead in the direction I should to go. They sometimes also create a false sense of confidence about my location and the possible return to my starting point. The ever-present hunt for the future occupies the minds of people these days as it always has. The treasure hunt for lifetime partners; career opportunities and changes; financial security and investment strategies; retirement and health benefits; and in general the path through life all seem to scream for attention. Some folks read tea leaves, consult horoscopes, call psychic hot lines or follow the advice of mystics in their attempts to get some sort of jump on the future. In a sense these are attempts at finding a path of least resist ance, a way in the wilderness, so-to-speak, and some understanding of the treasures waiting in the future. The inspired words of Isaiah remind me that God says He will do something new; make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert so that we might declare His praise. Is it not that we are a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), designed for His purposes so that we might point others in a proper direction through this wilderness of life — giving hope for the future and praise to Him as we go?

Father, guide us along the wilderness roadways you would have us to follow, and provide the words to encourage others in their hope for a future in you. Amen.

By Don  ( Maine, USA )