Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)

I absolutely love adventure. In February, I joined some friends at Big Bend Ranch State Park to participate in the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest. I arrived a couple of days early to do some hiking on the mountain trails. I don’t often hike solo but on this occasion, it provided me with the solitude I was seeking. I arrived at the park headquarters to discover a trail that connected the state park with Big Bend National Park. The park ranger gave me some directions and told me to stay alert to make sure I kept on the trail as this trail was no longer maintained by the state or national parks.

As I began my ascent up the mesa, the definition of the trail began to diminish, and I found it was difficult to find my way. To my delight, I spotted a cairn (small stack of rocks to mark the trail). I then began to look for the next cairn as I zigzagged my way up the trial.

When I hike, I like to think and pray. I find myself talking and listening to God. As I spotted each successive cairn, God began to bring to my mind Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”

With each passing mile, God reminded me of the many times that He has shown me the way through Scripture.  How he had directed my steps.  We all experience doubt and voice questions like: What is God’s will for my life? Am I even on the right path? When I come to a fork in the trail, which choice should I make? Remember, God doesn’t leave us in the dark. His Word is life-giving truth! If we spend time reading the Bible and getting to know Jesus, we find that often the decisions we are to make seem much clearer.

Doyle Lowry

March 27, 2018