There once was a man who lived in a cabin nestled deep in the woods. He had a precious daughter who was fearless, adventurous, and adored being out in nature. One day when she was very little she had a frightening experience of getting lost in the woods for the first time. Panic set in. She didn’t see the house, and didn’t know which way to turn! Wandering around crying, she noticed in the distance an arrow painted on a tree. It was pointing in two directions, both down and to the side. When she looked down, she noticed the ground was beaten down into a thin path. It was a deer trail! She went forth in the direction of the side arrow, passing a few other arrows on trees, until she arrived to a salt lick. She knew she was home! Her daddy had put the block of salt in their back yard to attract deer.
The little girl ran into the cabin and into the arms of her waiting father. He wiped her tears as she told him her story. He smiled knowingly. You see, when he saw the tendency of his little girl to explore and wander, he made a decision not to tie her down to the cabin by putting rules and boundaries on her that would quench her free spirit. Instead he planned in advance to create deer trails using a salt lick, and put markers up in the woods so she could find her way home when she got lost.
If you do not know, most beautiful of women, go forth in the footsteps of the flock,
and tend your young goats near the shepherds’ tents. Song 1:8
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And though the Lord will give you the bread of trouble and the water of grief,
Your teacher will no longer be hidden, but you will see your teacher:
And when you are turning to the right hand or to the left,
You will hear a voice behind you and in your ears, saying,
‘This is the way in which you are to go.'” Isa. 30:20-21
Coming soon… Song 1:8 “The Pathway to Love”