Enjoying the outdoors can be tricky. My teen and his buddies love to longboard. (That’s longboard, not skateboard. They will correct me if I don’t make that clear.) We don’t have sidewalks in our neighborhood, which poses quite a dilemma.
On top of that, the roads are narrow and filled with unexpected twists and turns. Sharp curves and tall trees mean blindness to what lies ahead.
Thrilling for longboarders. Frightening for moms.
In spite of the obstacles, the kids have adapted well. One will stand at the curve and give the all-clear signal when it's safe to go. They’ve discovered having someone there with you to be your eyes and ears makes the journey safer, and a lot more fun.
Life is like that sometimes.
We charge ahead with determination until reaching a curve. That bend creates a blind spot, and we can’t see beyond it. Do we keep going? Or do we turn around and head back? The answer is clear, as long as we have someone with us.
Just as one boy can give the ‘all clear’ signal before another zooms around the next curve, God will go before us. All we need to do is keep moving forward and trusting Him.
If He doesn’t want us to continue on that path, He will throw up the ‘caution’ sign. We only need to pay attention.
I’m thankful my boy has enough sense not to race into the possibility of oncoming traffic. Longboards don’t have brakes. I’m equally thankful for patient neighbors who drive with caution!
God inspires us to be bold as we forge ahead, but He never expects us to go alone. When we trust His leading today, He will direct us down the right path – curves and all.
Now, if I could just get those boys to wear helmets!