I’m not sure I can explain this the way God explained it to me but I will try. Then again, maybe you already know.
As so often happens I turned the radio on in the middle of a sermon by one of my radio pastors. I don’t remember who it was and I don’t know the title of the message but he read Proverbs 3:5 and 6. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. I have heard, and I’m sure you have heard a pastor somewhere mention these verses of scripture many times. In fact, I believed I knew what they meant but this time God showed me something new, at least for me.
Verse 6 says, he shall direct thy paths. I have always believed this meant that God will direct me in the path I am to take; the way I am to go. And it does, but now I think it means more than that. It seems it not only means that God will show me where my steps are to go, but He will prepare the path for me. He will place the things, people or obstacles that I am to encounter in my path. He will direct my path ahead of my going. It will be ready for me when I get there.
God may have put someone in my path that I can help in some way. Maybe it’s someone who is to help me this time. It may be a lesson I need to learn. And as it always happens in time, the clouds do part and the sun will shine. I am reminded of Matthew 6:8 which says in part, … for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. God knows what I need and will make my path ready before my feet are even close. All I must do is follow where He sends me.
It’s a blessing to know that God truly does direct and prepare my path, not just where I am but where I will be.