It had been a dry season, and conversations with local farmers centered around what rain dance would break the drought. “Making hay while the sun is shining” is a great idiom for business; not as much when there’s no hay to be made.
The morning arrived shrouded in fog, the mist settling on the windshield; but it would burn off as it had all summer. Mist turned to drizzle; yet I was on a mission. Stepping out on a well-worn path, I was unaware of the puddle forming ahead. One misstep, a slide, and I was knee deep in it, and on a day I had to be my best, fully on my game. And it wasn’t just rainwater, it was dirt and the filth that had gathered, waiting for just a time as this. The more I tried to stand, the worse it got, until a kind hand helped me to more stable if not drier ground. Brushing off as much crud as I could, I faced the day humbled, disheveled, and soaked to the bone.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Apparently “leaning” was my problem. I looked back at where I began to slide, but the misstep was the real culprit. “Humbled” is not my favorite word, though it finds me more often than I’d like. Unfortunately, it’s necessary when I rely too much on my own footing.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
I am grateful for those whispers if I would only stop to listen. And when I don’t, I am thankful for the loving Hands that pull me from the muck, setting my feet again on higher ground.
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