Don’t Stop!

How many times have you stopped before rounding the next corner?  “Why go any further?  I will not find anything.”  These thoughts and feelings overwhelm me, and I stop, right before turning the corner only to miss the next blessing.  I could have had it if only I would have looked around the next turn in the road.

There are times that we feel stuck and the last thing we want to do is continue down an unknown path.  At times, the streets are dark and scary.  We think, “How can a blessing be down this unattractive, uninviting road?”  And so, in frustration, we turn around and walk away from the next grand adventure in our lives.  Our weariness wins, and we lose in the process.

In the wilderness, I learned to keep my feet on the path, because one can never truly know what is in store for us.  We can guess, we can approximate, we can plan, but we do not truly find out when hope will show up.  Endurance is key so that we might not give up far too early. We have what it takes to finish the race.  We must trust that in the very depths of our souls, we will hear God’s voice to bring us wisdom and comfort.

Today, I give thanks for the lessons that I am learning on the journey.  Sometimes they are hard learned, while others invite immediate joy and peace.  Praise be to our Amazing God, who is the source of all of the opportunities that come our way, urging us to grow in faith and love. So, keep walking around that turn.  I promise that you will receive a blessing for staying on the path.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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