Double digit temperatures and wintry sunshine called me outdoors. The dog and I headed for the wooded trails where the ground was frozen solid with no mud and very little ice to speak of. We did speak of it, though, because it was glorious to be walking between rows of bare trees on trails packed down by four-wheeler tires and size 14 hunting boots.
“Why don’t we do this every day?” I asked the dog, but as soon as the words hit the air, the obvious answer flew to mind: These same paths are usually impassible in winter: slick with ice, buried in snow, or awash in muddy puddles.
Today’s walk is today’s blessing.
This is serviceable truth for the coming year. I don’t know what the walking conditions will be next week, and on a larger scale, I don’t know the shape of the life paths where I will be asked to put my feet.
And neither do you.
At the beginning of a new year, we trust for future grace on the basis of grace that has already been given. When it comes to paths, for today or for the future, we trust, and we are safe because our trust is founded in a God who is trustworthy:
Make your paths known to me, O Lord;
Teach me your ways.” (Psalm 25:4)
Blessings to you in the new year,
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