The Unfolding

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The banana tree in my back yard was getting ready to unfold a new leaf.

A sizable water droplet clung delicately to it, reflecting sunlight and its surroundings with crisp detail.

The leaves look so very different when they are completely unfolded and spread out.

My tree has several happy looking leaves.

If I had never owned a banana tree, I am doubting that I would have been able to identify a photo like the one that I took of this newly emerging leaf.

At the proper time, it would unfold and then it could be understood and recognized for what it was.

When we read the Bible, we “unfold” it.

It gives us understanding.

It gives us comfort.

It gives us direction.

It gives us light.

If we do not unfold the Bible, we may not recognize it for what it is—

God’s words to us.

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The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

—Psalm 119:130

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My Dark Path

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I had never been down the road before.

A sign inviting travelers to venture on it’s path was intriguing enough.

Bending trees made a canopy over the packed sand, forming an inviting mix of sunlight and shadow.

Following each turn and curve, it finally led to the water’s edge where a clear, blue sky shown from above.

If I had decided to decline the sign’s silent invitation to explore, I would not have known the rustic beauty of the path that led to the sea.

I would have missed the canopy of branches arcing overhead.

 

God has surely invited me to travel many pathways in life that would have been both beneficial and beautiful for me.

I will not know of some of them, however, as I chose to decline His invitation.

Perhaps out of fear.

Lack of self-esteem.

Failure to trust Him.

Maybe because I wasn’t listening closely enough to even hear His call toward the pathway.

God is a God of second chances however, and there have been other roads that I have chosen to travel.

Having answered God’s voice at those times, I have experienced the joy of what He had for me along the journey.

Psalm 119:105 from THE MESSAGE reads,

“By Your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

God will lead us along the paths He calls us to, even if they seem to be filled with shadows and uncertainty.

 

 

 

 

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