On the Trail -- By Dean Masters

"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path." (Psalm 119:105, HCSB) [1]

"Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left." (Isaiah 30:21, NLT) [2]

Our town is a mail stop on the Appalachian Trail. I have gotten to talk to some of the hikers. I have learned that every now and then a tree will be marked to let you know you are on the right trail. There are many other trails that intersect the Appalachian Trail. Sometimes a hiker will come to a fork and guess which trail to hike. Then after a while they realize they were not on the right trail.

Our life is a trail. We do have a road map for our life called the Bible. In it we can read the trail Jesus Christ expects us to follow.

At times in our lives there are situations that come up where we cannot find exact verses that tell us what to do in those situations. In these cases we can rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is the way God leads us in our lives. We will hear him say, "This is the way."

So on this trail called life let us daily read our Bible to know what God expects. Let us also spend time in prayer daily and be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit so we will know the way to go.

Prayer: Father, forgive us when we don't follow the trail you would have us travel on. Help us to commune with You so that we will know Your voice and then be willing to follow Your leading. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Thought: Let us keep our map open and keep attentive to God's voice so we may stay on the narrow trail.

Dean W. Masters


POBox 234
Erwin TN 37650

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[1] The Holy Bible : Holman Christian standard version. 2003. Holman Bible Publishers: Nashville

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. 2004. Holy Bible : New Living Translation. (2nd ed.). Tyndale House Publishers: Wheaton, Ill.