The following is part of a book I would like to publish someday. It’s too long to blog as one post so I’m breaking it up section by section. Each section can be read as a stand-alone, and hopefully my analogies will provide food for thought as well as encouragement to keep on going no matter where you find yourself in life. Oh, and all photos were taken by me and are untouched other than cropping when necessary. God’s creation is so awesome just the way it is!
There are many kinds of paths to the beach. Some are straight and you can see where you are heading.
Some are curved and you have to trust that it will actually take you where you want to go.
Some require some climbing.
Sometimes it seems the path goes on forever and the journey is just not worth it. And some even make you feel you’re heading in the wrong direction.
Sometimes, in the sun, it can get hot and painful to walk on. And if I’m not careful, I might even get a splinter or two.
But if I look carefully, I can see that I’m not the only one travelling this path.
Knowing others have gone this way and made it to the end (I know because there are no skeletons along the way) reassures me that I can too. And keeping my thoughts on the goal – the water – helps me stay motivated to keep walking.
The same is true in life. Sometimes our path in life is straightforward, other times it seems to curve in unexpected directions. Sometimes circumstances make our days seem long and hard and painful and we think they will never end. But remembering that we are not alone, that others have faced the same struggles we are facing and have gotten past them, can encourage us. Just like them, we can survive this and eventually get to a better place somewhere up ahead if we just keep walking. And keeping our focus on the goal – the Living Water – makes all the difference in the world!
I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14