[CF Devotionals] 2016-07-20 - Unmarked Pavement

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Have you ever driven on a newly-paved stretch of road, that still needed the lines painted onto it? While it becomes a smooth ride physically, it can still be somewhat disconcerting, with no guidelines for finding your way. It’s particularly unsettling to have those lines missing at night. Although we should always pay attention to details when those markers are available, having to focus so intently without any can be stressful, and perhaps cause us to make unnecessary errors in judgment that can put us and others in harms’ way. And so is the purpose of traffic markings such as lines on the road, and signs by the side, as instruments of our safe journey.

Going through this life can sometimes feel like being on unmarked pavement, should we not have guidance and parameters. That is the purpose of a loving heavenly father. He wants to be our instrument of safety, on a journey that can be marked by challenging, highly painful as well as wonderfully meaningful moments. He gently lays down markers, not to hinder us and make us feel like prisoners, but to guide us while allowing our gifts to be shared in ways that others will also know His love for them. When we look to him for help, and we trust his motives, then what may have once seemed like restrictions, will then become avenues for achieving an ultimate peace of mind. He can be our painted lines on a new road. They make things clear, they gently move us along our path, and they always conclusively lead us to safety - and in the end a better place - with Him.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (Psalm 91:1-16)

Deborah Durrett

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted