This morning I had the privilege of taking my margin time on the beach. It was low tide and as I walked along the edge of the ocean I saw all sorts of broken shells and sand dollars. It didn’t look like there was much hope of finding one intact. But then not far from where I first started walking I stumbled upon what appeared to be a sand dollar nestled in the sand. All I could see was the very top of it. I thought for sure the sand was covering up it’s brokenness, but as I pulled it out I discovered it was indeed a whole sand dollar.
For the next 40 minutes I must have covered over two miles of beach looking for another one, but I only saw pieces of ones. I couldn’t help but think how fortunate I was to find the one. If I had been a few feet to the left or the right I probably would have missed this little treasure.
As I pondered these thoughts I realized how important our path in life is. Just a few feet off a specific path could keep us from experiencing the treasures God has for us. How many of us have missed those precious things that God wants us to discover because we’ve gotten off the path.
I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is why have we gotten off the path. Often times it’s fear or doubts or challenges that cause us to go a different direction. Maybe the path God has for us is too hard or too painful, so we look for an easier path, but in doing so we miss out on His treasures. It’s in these times that we have to trust in the Lord and His will for our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” In those times that are difficult and challenging we have to trust in the Lord, because He is the on that will keep us on the right path. As we trust in Him and press on, it’s then that we will discover the wonderful treasures he has for us along the way!