When I was kid in upstate New York, my sisters and I often walked to a little swimming hole called Lover’s Lane. It wasn’t much more than a creek bed, but it served to cool us down on hot summer days. Most of the time, we’d go barefoot down the rocky dirt road from our house, watching our steps as we went along, avoiding the sharp stones and the pot holes. Sometimes we’d have to walk across a field and watch for the mud or the cow pies, as we called them then. The cows shared that same swimming hole, as I recall now. But the fact is, we walked with joy toward our goal because we knew the fun we’d have when we got there. Even though we had to go through a few obstacles, we were not deterred.
Most of us still have to walk on some stony paths. We try to dodge the obstacles that threaten to keep us from our goals. It can feel like we’re walking in bare feet and that every path is full of stones. Maybe today, we could remember that we’re never on that rocky road alone. We don’t have to navigate the sharp rocks or the muddy paths. We don’t have to worry about slipping under the barbed wire fences. All we have to do is ask God to walk with us. When we call on Him, we can be sure that He walks not only beside us, but that He has already looked ahead to see where we’ll end up. He already knows the amazing things He planned for our arrival. Our job then is to just keep walking and persevere.
B.C. Forbes said, “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”
Are you ready to refuse to be discouraged? As a kid, I remember how enticing that swimming hole was and we were not at all discouraged by a few rocky roads. We had a single-minded focus and we achieved the goal by staying the course. Wherever you have to walk today to get to your goal, remember that obstacles and challenges don’t change the possibility of all you want to achieve. They don’t change the goal. When you walk with God, you can be sure that it won’t be long before you will be feeling the soft green grass gently pushing up between your toes. Don’t forget to pack your picnic basket.