Last week I was at a retreat with the University of Wyoming NavLadies and during a shared quiet time the Lord highlighted Psalm 139:3 for me,
“You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.”
As I read this it hit me how so often I am like a two year old, so highly distracted. I deeply desire to follow Jesus, but as different things catch my attention I tend to flit here and there and certainly can get sidetracked. What a blessing the Lord is committed to making the effort to search out my crazy, haphazard path and that he knows my ways – not just some of them, but all of them! What security there is in knowing this!
As I continued to ponder this the Lord reminded me of a time when Jim and I were dating. We were attending a Nav conference and I slipped away to enjoy some of the beauty of the location, taking a path through the woods to a lake. It was so far removed from everything and everyone, was I ever surprised when Jim showed up!
When I asked, “How did you ever find me?” He said, “I missed you and wanted to be with you, so I went looking for your footprints. You have a distinct way that one of your feet turns in and when I saw that I knew I was on the right trail and even when I came to forks in the trail and the imprint of your feet wasn’t as visible, I knew you’d take the less traveled route!” Jim found me because he was acquainted with my ways! He found me because he was intentionally searching for me… because he wanted to be with me!
Does that memory ever vividly illustrate this verse, especially highlighting the Lord’s deep desire for relationship with us!
Got to love it when we can “see” Jesus in the actions of those around us and how it helps us understand on an even deeper level truths not seen, but so very, very precious!