Walking the Broken Road ( An Excerpt from the devotional, Reflections of God’s Grace: Inspiring Devotions for Godly Living)

I will walk by faith even when I cannot see well because this broken road prepares your will for me.

—Jeremy Camp

I have some really pretty shoes and I do like to wear them (especially when they make me four inches taller), but if it were socially preferable and acceptable, I would go barefoot all the time—to work, to shop, to church (maybe not to play tennis). I heard this song by Jeremy Camp this morning, and I thought about that phrase that the broken road prepares God’s will for me. I thought about how sometimes when I’ve walked outside barefoot and walked across a gravel driveway, walking on the gravel hurts my tender little feet (because you know I must wear shoes so my feet don’t get exposure to walking on gravel much), and I think to myself, If I can just survive until I make it over there to that plush grass, my feet will thank me. Or thinking even more pleasurable thoughts of sitting on the beach and then walking on that hot sand with my feet burning and thinking, Lord, please help me make it to that cool water where my little toes will get some relief! That’s how it feels when we’re walking through the valleys and storms of life and as it says in this song, along the broken road. I picture an old country dirt or gravel road. It may be uneven, or rutted, the loose gravel or broken asphalt may hurt to walk on, but the more you walk on it, the stronger your feet become and the walk becomes a little more bearable. As we walk on our broken roads of trials, tests, and sorrows, God guides us, and with each step we take, steps that may hurt, steps that may be uncomfortable, steps that may burn, our faith becomes stronger and stronger and the walk through those trials becomes a little more bearable.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23)

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