The Best Path

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. Psalm 25: 1-5 (NRSV)

Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez is from the Dominican Republic. One day, his colleague brought her four-year -old son, Jorge, to the office for a visit. After chatting with them for a bit, he was ready to leave. His mother was holding his hand firmly, but he was squirming to get free, trying to open the door to make his exit. He gave the impression that he knew which exit door to use and that he did not need his mother's guidance. Jairon smiled and thought: How is it possible that this four-year-old is so independent and full of confidence?

Later Jairon reflected on how we, the children of God, often act the same way. Many times we exhibit Jorge's streak of independence and confidence. We firmly believe we know the best path to take, while God lovingly holds us by the hand to guide our steps. But still we squirm to be free, wanting to move ahead on our own wisdom and strength. However, God knows the best path for us. We can discover God's paths through prayer, studying God's word in the Bible, and consulting spiritual mentors.

Prayer: O God, we praise you for your presence with us. Help us to trust in your guidance for our lives, in the name of Jesus. Amen

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