Path of peace

Psalm 8:8 states,

8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

This Psalm inspired Matthew Maury to investigate the Atlantic Ocean and to begin charting the paths of the seas (for more information on the story start here).  The inspiration this story gives to me is that a man took Scripture literally and sought to bring its truth into the reality of his everyday life.

As I was thinking on this today, I was reminded of a prayer that is included every morning in Daily Prayer, Luke 1:68-79.  Verses 76- 79 states,

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
79 to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.

There is a path of peace for our feet to walk in!  I truly believe that this path is available for us to experience in the reality of our everyday life.  But, you might argue with me that this is not possible and one of your arguments is based on the fact that you've not experienced it in the reality of your everyday life.  I understand, because I myself have thought this.  But one of the things I've come to realize is that I didn't know it was truly available, other than in "theory."  As a result, I didn't look for it.  However, reading these verses everyday for 4 months, woke me up to start asking, believing, looking for and expecting to find it.

Think of Matthew Maury looking at the vast ocean and going into looking for specific paths!  It seems crazy.  While, he wasn't the first to discover these paths, nor the last we do know that there were many who sailed these oceans without the knowledge, nor the understanding and as a result it was harder, longer and more dangerous for them.  The same is true for us.  Life is like a huge ocean.  There are many people sailing on it.  Some have discovered this path of Peace and others are still pressing forward frustrated, discouraged and lost...

My encouragement to you this day is to know that He has a path of Peace for you to walk in...

In Christ,

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