It was about 8:00 pm when my horse instructor and I found ourselves stranded in the middle of the forest with no cell phone service or direction at hand.
We were lost. Like really lost. Miles and miles and miles away from our campsite.
It felt like a hopeless cause. It was dark, we were hungry, and couldn't even find any horse trail signs to lead us back.
Finally, we dropped the reins and trusted the horses to lead us back home. And they did. But not to our home... to someone else's. What does one do really late at night at the front door of someones home on the back of a horse? Knock? Try to hack into their wifi to find signal for your GPS?
It was not where we imagined we would be. In fact, who would have thought that there would be a home in the middle of nowhere in the forest???
I found myself comparing myself to the Israelites... wandering in the desert with no direction at hand and just praying that God would show me where to go. But how often do we find ourselves begging God to show us the right path and find ourselves frustrated, confused, and defeated because the path He leads us to is not at all what we had expected.
This is real life, Sister.
We will find this over and over and over again in our own lives. But why here, Lord? Why not there? Literally, why not any other path?!
But sometimes God chooses the hard path for us. The path of health issues and loss. The path of confusion and frustration. And we have to be okay with that.
Oh Lord, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Oh, how real this has become to me from sitting in the saddle. If only I could have the courage to drop the reins and allow God to take me where He sees fit... even if it is not where I thought I would ever be.
Oh Lord, please forgive our wandering hearts. Please give us courage to trust you with the ground our feet walk on.
And I promise you, Sister, God will never move you without a purpose.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."