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Bouncing Along the Twists and Curves of the Christian Life — 16 Comments

  1. Can you imagine if your parents never took you on any challenging adventures? Just straight, safe, uneventful paths?
    God’s switchback path for each of us is much more scenic and precious than a straight dash through life.
    This is a great lesson to understand how God leads us through trials that develop our character.

    • Honey,
      Thank you for your insight and depth you brought here. I think we’d all like a path without the trials but with the character development. That’s not a reality. Side trips are fun when we’re out sightseeing but not when we want to make it quickly to our destination. But this makes me recall the crazy drives you took with our toddler in the car, asking him which way to turn. His smart mind picked up that he could tell you a different direction and make the trip more fun!
      From My Heart to Yours Always,
      Janis

  2. When I think of a switchback road, I think of hiking up a mountain, traversing back and forth as you climb. Even though it is steep to climb, the switchback road makes it easier to reach the top!! As the Lord leads us on our Life journey, He is there at every switchback turn, growing us and leading us as we climb up the Mountain of Life. Thank you Janis for these encouraging thoughts! -Ceal-

    • Cecelia, you have added such wisdom and insight to this post. Traversing the switchback trail does make it easier to climb the mountain. As I wrote the story, I thought about the allegory of “Little Miss Much Afraid” in Hannah Whitall Smith’s book, “Hinds Feet in High Places.” Sometimes the view is beautiful and the scenery is gorgeous but then we hit clouds and slippery gravel sending us into a rash of anxiety. We have forgotten what the Good Shepherd has already accomplished for us. That’s me too often. Love you, friend.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  3. I love this post because we all need to know we’re not alone in navigating bumpy, messy, rocky & sometimes pothole filled paths. I love that the Word talks about strengthening our ankles. This Word hit home so much that I find myself praying that for myself, my family & my precious brothers & sisters in Christ.
    Strengthen our ankles Lord as we walk on this path You have us on! In the mighty name of Jesus, amen!

    • Marcy,thank you for stopping by! We definitely need strong ankles to walk on the rocky paths of life. It reminds me of hikers who often twist their ankles as they traverse the narrow downhill paths through evergreen forests. A sprained ankle delays the hiker not only for the duration of that hike but for future climbs.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  4. The twists and turns of life are sometimes scary and other times exciting. I can’t even begin to imagine traveling life’s road without God.

    Blessings to you and yours!

    Marie

    • Thank you, Marie, for your wise experience. Going down the twists and turns of life without God would definitely be worse than scary. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you stop in again.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  5. I think many times we might not understand the twists and turns in our life that the Lord has directed until we are able to look back and see how “life” intervened in our plans!

    • Hi Patti, your comments are so true! While on that crooked path all we can see is the difficulty and inconvenience. But looking back, we see how “life”-our God intervened in our plans. Thank you for your words of wisdom and for stopping by today.
      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  6. Years ago I wrote a story called “Letters to Moab.” It was a collection of letters Ruth wrote back to her sister-in-law, Orpah, journaling her thoughts throughout the trip and then arrival to Bethlehem with Naomi. I wondered what her adjustment would have been like. I was living in Mexico at the time, feeling very much the foreigner, learning new customs and culture, hoping for acceptance. Now I am older, a grandmother, and my perspective would probably be through Naomi’s eyes! It’s been interesting to see how the same Bible stories take on new meaning twenty or thirty or forty years later.

    Sometimes we can drive smoothly along roads that others have laid, with signs and maps to help us along the way. But some of the most breathtaking of places can’t be reached on wheels. Two feet required. A good walking stick is helpful. And a travel Companion Who is right there with us as we maneuver around rocks, fallen logs, and hidden holes. Thank you, Janis, for sharing your insights about the twists and curves of the Christian life.

    • Carol, How interesting that you wrote a story about Ruth’s feelings and her communications to her sister-in-law in Moab. What a great application of Scripture to understand how Ruth might have felt in that situation. And, now to look at it from your perspective as a grandmother in the Naomi phase. By, the way, that would make a great God’s Fingerprint story (smile). I love how you described that journey on foot and the support we would need–a walking stick and knowledgeable Companion. Brilliant! Thank you for stopping by today.
      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  7. Thank you, Janis. Your wisdom helps me move forward in so many ways. At this time in the world it is hard to find any straight roads. We just need to keep moving along with God’s grace to lead us along that twisting path of life. Only He can guide me, nourish me, on these difficult roads. But He does! Praise God for His loving guidance, and for His blessing of friends who help us follow His way.

    • Marie, it’s always a blessing to hear from you! I’m glad this post encouraged you to keep moving down those twisting paths of life. You’re wise in saying that
      the only way we can make it down those paths is with His guidance.

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

  8. Hello Janis! I’m visiting from flowingfaith.com! You dropped by a while ago and somehow I had missed your comment! So good to reconnect! I hope you are your are all doing fine. Blessings upon blessings!

    • Hi Mari-Anna Stalnacke, it’s so good to see you again! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. We’ll have to stay in touch.
      Blessings upon you, Mari-Anna!!!

      From My Heart to Yours,
      Janis

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