A Bright Sadness: Walking His Paths



All the paths of the Lord are loving and faithful
Psalm 25:10 


“All does not mean ‘all – except the paths I am walking in now,’
or ‘nearly all – except this especially difficult and painful path.’
All must mean all.


So, your path with its unexplained sorrow or turmoil,
and mine with its sharp flints and briers –
and both our paths,
with their unexplained perplexity,
their sheer mystery – they are His paths,
on which he will show Himself loving and faithful.


Nothing else; nothing less.
~Amy Carmichael–Anglican missionary to India 1867-1951

Sometimes we come upon forks in the road where we may not be certain which path to take. Perhaps explore the Robert Frost “less traveled” one? Or take the one that seems less tangled and uncertain from all appearances?

Sometimes we have chosen a particular path which looked inviting at the time, trundling along minding our own business, yet we start bonking our heads on low hanging branches, or get grabbed by stickers and thorns that rip our clothes and skin, or trip over prominent roots and rocks that impede our progress and bruise our feet.

Sometimes we come to a sudden end in a path and face a steep cliff with no choice but to leap or turn back through the mess we have just slogged through.

Navigating the road to the cross must have felt like ending up at that steep cliff. There was no turning back, no choosing or negotiating a different pathway or taking time to build a staircase into the rocks. His words reflect His uncertainty and terror. His words reflect our deepest doubts and fears–how are we to trust we are on the right path?

When we take that next step, no matter which way, we end up in the Father’s loving and faithful arms. He has promised this.

Nothing else; nothing less.



6 thoughts on “A Bright Sadness: Walking His Paths

  1. Thank you, dear Emily.
    Your Spirit-filled intuition has blessed me this day in ways you could never know.
    I am becoming more and more familiar with the ‘road’ and its challenges.
    This road, at times, does present fleeting tests of one’s faith. When that occurs,
    one is beset by the ungodly trials of suspicion and doubt. I reason that it is a symptom,
    a reminder, that spiritual warfare is often not too far from the road we travel. We have, then,
    only one firm solace and protection: His promise that He would never leave us.

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  2. sweet emily…thanks for including ‘come to Jesus’ in your post today. one of my most cherished songs! so simple…just what i needed…again!!

    Liked by 1 person

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