Go a Little Farther Down the Trail

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.       Proverbs 8:1-4

There have been many times I’ve driven by mountains, streams, woods, parks, canyons and wondered what I would unearth if I just stopped the car and explored.  Have you ever had this experience?  On occasions, I’ll stop, get out of the car and walk a leisurely trail to a nearby overlook point.  Still, I ache in a John Muir “moment” and sense the outdoors calling my name—come in, go farther.  And sometimes, I will answer that call whether it’s a hunt, a backpacking trip, a serious day hike or paddling several miles down a river.  Answering those invitations brings such joy and opens up a world of natural revelations; it builds lasting memories, strengthens family bonds and leaves my soul devastated with a satisfying delight.

As the Proverbs above states, we would do well to listen to another calling.  God continues to call His children toward Him, to newer and greater experiences, to His wisdom which He freely bestows.  We can go deeper into the woods, go farther down the trail, scale the highest mountain and … we can plunge into the depths of God’s adventurous love and joy.

So let’s all take another step in our spiritual journey.  Don’t just drive by that church—join it.  Don’t just watch that Bible gather dust on the shelf—dive into it.  Don’t just talk about prayer—go to God in prayer.  Don’t just think about making disciples—invite someone over.   Don’t just observe someone in need—be their saving force.

We all know that the best discoveries in nature usually involve taking the trail less traveled.  Sometimes the trek can be difficult, sometimes treacherous.  It involves deliberate planning, preparation and decisiveness; the best things in life always do.

Let’s be honest:  couldn’t we all go a little deeper in with God?

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4 Responses to Go a Little Farther Down the Trail

  1. Mike says:

    In my journal this morning I was working through something with God. It involved whether or not I should enguage in praying for something. In the process, I wrote something to the effect that I enjoy my time with Him and wouldn’t it be cool if it led to the accomplishment of some great things?

    • Mike … I pray that God will lead you to greater things. Anytime we spend that quality time with Him, He will carry us deeper into His wisdom and His will. Thanks for sharing your comments.

  2. Scott, I love the analogy here. I still have that curious side of me,as I often wonder, “What’s down that path? Wonder where that road leads?” Whenever I’m hiking, I want to go just a little further or to take a spur trail to see where it leads. I’m finding, as you mentioned, that life in following God is much the same way. We can see a little around the corner ahead, but we don’t always know where the path leads.

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