by Shelly Weiss
Have you noticed how exceptions to directions tend to require correction? The shortcut doubles your voyage as you have to retrack your steps to get back on path? Why don’t we just stay focused on the goal, ignoring life’s distractions?
Whenever I become too comfortable in a situation/job/relationship and let my guard down, a shake up occurs to put me back on track. God hems me in like a pinball rolling down a chute. I love that about Him. He never lets me wander too far away without reminding me Who is in control.
My cat Addy has only been living with me for 2 months, as opposed to Zoey who is my 13 year old roommate. Within the first week of her arrival, Addy had learned if she leaves the cement step onto the grass, everyone goes inside. The cement is far from the street, still, I don’t want her or Zoey even heading in that direction. Luckily, God does the same with us. While we may be far from danger, He gets our attention and brings us back. Next time your smooth walk becomes rocky, you just might hear a distant voice say, “Don’t Go There!”
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
Proverbs 4 :20--27
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