Rocky Paths of Life

Rocky Paths of Life

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Ps 119:105

We often view life as a path, and if we have a relationship with God, He will direct us along that path. We view the path of life with God as a smooth, walking path through beautiful evergreens, and sweet smelling flowers. When life becomes rocky, difficult and even unmanageable, we think we’ve gone astray from the smooth walking path.  In reality, we have not gone astray.  It is on that rocky, thorn-covered path that we feel the Lord walking with us.  He has allowed that part of the path to be filled with huge rocks which are difficult to pass through, but He is there in front of us still guiding us along. I picture Him with arm stretched backwards to grab hold of my hand and guide or pull me along.  And often, I pull my hand away and say, “I can do it.” Then, I reach a precipice or an unstable part of the path and finally look up.  There is His hand outstretched waiting for me.

One of the best ways to see His hand waiting for you is to be in His Word.  His Word will guide you through the rocky times of life to give you hope and direction. The more you are in His Word, the more you will see Him guiding and helping you. Hold on to the Hand that guides you.  He is always there waiting, with arm outstretched, and He will never let you fall.



  1. July 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Well-written devotional. It reminds me so much of when our children were young, and didn’t want to take our hands when we walked. Their favorite words were, “I can do it by myself.” Eventually they realized–just as we do–that we can’t. We need the Lord’s help.

  2. July 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’m reminded of Paul’s words in Philippians: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s how he learned to be content no matter what the circumstance: not relying on himself but on the power of God. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope all is well and you have settled in to your new surroundings. I’ll miss you this year at the Philly writers’ conference!

  3. Betty Jo Pollock said,

    July 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Even when we pull away, God’s Word to us is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. “Praise the Lord for that promise! Thank you for bringing this thought to us.

  4. Sabrina Merrell said,

    July 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Jo! Through this transition it was an encouragement to read potty training LOL

  5. Sherry said,

    July 19, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Great post. And so true. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Denise said,

    July 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I have always loved this verse.

  7. Ms. Kathleen said,

    July 26, 2012 at 3:18 am

    The song is going through my head… I haven’t really heard it in years but of course it is such a precious piece of praise music and scripture… Thank you!

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