Thought For The Day – Wednesday 29th July

Wednesday 29th July – Heather Machin

Please forgive my meandering mind and four part thought today, but given the theme perhaps it suits!

On Sunday Andy spoke about the walks he goes on with Gilli; how Gilli focusses on the destination and how Andy pauses along the way to look at places and take photographs. It led me to think more about how our lives are a journey with God alongside.

Part One – A group I have attended had a road map image as an analogy for how we reach our goal. The map shows two roads: a motorway – fast and direct; a winding road – slower and meandering.

I sometimes felt I was on a third option; a layby – time to stop, rest, refocus and begin again.

These recent months seem very much to have kept many of us in a layby, but we know that, however long we are paused we know it is not a “no through road”. God has plans for our future journey.

Part Two – A quote from Elisabeth Elliott, a missionary in Ecuador who worked with a tribe after they killed her husband. It is God, to whom and with whom we travel. And while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.

Part Three – Some words from a very familiar song to many of us, written by Sydney Carter.

One more step along the world I go,
One more step along the world I go;
From the old things to the new,
Keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
Keep me travelling the way I should.
Where I see no way to go,
You’ll be telling me the way, I know.
And it’s from the old ….

Give me courage when the world is rough,
Keep me loving though the world is tough;
Leap and sing in all I do,
Keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old ….

Part Four – Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

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