Monday, July 22, 2013

The Path down the Mountain and the Path to the Kingdom.

Remember yesterday we talked about climbing Peter's ladder?  How have you been doing?  It's probably something new that a lot of you never thought about as being a ladder, it didn't dawn on me for quite a while to call it Peter's ladder but really that's what it is all about climbing up to a new nature in Christ.

Well, today I promised to finish my story about my climb up Mt. McLoughlin in Southern Oregon. After my scary surprise at the crest of one part of the climb seeing the back side of the mountain nearly straight down from where I was standing, I decided to descend by myself instead of waiting for my husband and the others.
I started down and all was going fine, not steep or scary with trees all around me and all of a sudden I came to the end of the path with no where to go.  I then realized I was lost and as I was standing there contemplating what I should do next, I heard voices not too far behind me.  Lo and behold it was my husband and the eldest daughter, they were lost too.  What a relief to know someone was with me.  We heard a voice far down the mountain hollering and so my husband let out one of his warhoops and they answered and told us where to go to get back on the right path.  I would never have thought of hollering for help let alone doing it.  My voice would never have carried like that but being that he worked in the woods as a timber faller he was good at yelling TIMBER when a tree was about to fall.  I believe God saved me from tragedy that day, I could have spent the night on the mountain alone and scared but He caused my husband and daughter to get lost too in the very same place.  How good God is.

Well that made me think of the path that we are on in this world, it can be the right path to the kingdom or the wrong path and of course we want to choose the right path.

Isaiah 42:16  "I will bring the blind by a way that they did not know;  I will lead them in paths they have not known.  I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight, these things I will do for them."

Psalms 16:11  "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Psalms 130:3  "You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways."

Psalms 23:3  "He restores my soul, He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake."

I am so glad that we have a sure Guide, Counselor and Comforter to make sure we are on the right path to the Kingdom and that we stay on the right path.  We have all these promises of staying on the right path and there are lots more, this is just a few to get you started searching.  We really don't have to worry about our path as long as we stay in His presence.  He will make sure that we stay on it all along life's journey.  I hope you will let Him guide you safely to that eternal shore, I will meet you on that great day and we can share our journey's of life with each other and praise God for His safe keeping all the way.  Grandma Joan

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