A Proven Path

  • Pete Johnson
large rocky mountain

Living in Alaska affords us the grand opportunity to observe God’s creation up close and personal. On occasion, I have had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Dall sheep we see on the cliffs that overlook the Seward Highway. During one specific encounter as I labored up and up, seeking an opportunity to view them up close, I was amazed at their ability to navigate the perilous terrain they call home. Finally, after a bit, I was able to get very close. As I crawled over a small group of rocks on a ridge, I was fortunate enough to see these amazing creations of God from about ten yards away. As they noticed my unexpected intrusion into their world, they took off, effortlessly navigating on paths almost invisible to the human eye, knowing exactly where they were going.

The network of small trails that Dall sheep travel over can be generations old. From the time they are born they follow and memorize these trails, for food, water, and safety from predators. They are even able, if necessary, to traverse these narrow ridgeline trails in the dark of night and through extreme weather.

As Believers, we too need to remember that we have access to a proven network, generations old, that provides spiritual food, water, and protection from evil- God’s Word. Know the path and stay on it.

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25–27).