Topsy-Turvy or Steady and Straight?
When Josh, my youngest son, took the four week camping program at Word of Life Island as a young teen, they took the same Johns Brook Trail up the Keene Valley we took on our recent hike. Yogi Berra said, “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” Josh’s counselor was confident. “We need to take this path to the left and cross the river.” Josh had hiked this trail before with his older brothers and me. “No, we need to turn right. Marcy is straight ahead on this side of the river.” His inexperienced counselor won the argument and soon there was no trail. Josh ended up sitting beside one of those gigantic Adirondack boulders trying to get some sleep until the morning when he could retrace their steps and find the straight path.
The wise dad pictures the path of obedience to the LORD’s instructions as straight and safe. Listen to the seductive words of a criminal or an immoral woman and life will get topsy-turvy. It could even mean banishment from your homeland.
“Thus you will walk in the good way, in the paths of the just. For the upright will dwell in the land and those who live with integrity will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land. The treacherous will be torn from it.” - Proverbs 2:20-22
LORD, again thanks for allowing me to spend three days hiking with my three sons in the glory of the Adirondacks. Help us to keep walking with You and obeying Your Word. Keep me steady and straight and protect me from the topsy-turvy path of disobedience.
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