I grew up in the country with dirt roads, so I haven’t had a lot of experience with walking in the city. I took my son for a walk in his stroller the other day and had assumed that there was a sidewalk along the road to where I was headed. I learned that not all areas have sidewalks. Then I learned that some sidewalks are actually on the other side of the road... go figure.
During the span of time when I wasn’t looking at the other side of the road, I was walking with my stroller in the bike lane, thinking that I would never do this again and would always map out my walk along sidewalks in the future. If I had been walking alone, it wouldn’t have been a big deal, but it was rather disconcerting making the trek with my baby. Thank the Lord He directed my attention to the other side of the road. I can be astoundingly oblivious at times.
I often travel through life in that same way. God has a sidewalk for me, but I’m not paying attention. I take the shortest distance to my destination and don’t realize until later that I didn’t ask God, and that my way really isn’t best. Yet, patiently, He redirects my attention, and lavishes His grace upon my sinful heart.
I thank God that He has made sidewalks for His children - both figurative and literal. Are we listening to Him and looking for them?