On Monday my wife and I decided to explore new trails. We had heard about “The Abyss” and wanted to see if we could find it. This is a crack in the rock about 50 cm wide and as deep as 6 meters. We arrived at a parking lot and saw a sign with a map. We looked for the Abyss trail on the made and it was not there. The TransCanada Trail was clearly marked, but not the trail we wanted – or so we thought. So before we had gone 50 meters we stopped a man and asked how to get to the Abyss trail. He pointed a few meters ahead and said take that trail, and stay right as you go up.

With those simple directions we found what we were looking for, and soon stood looking into that great crevice in the ground. But where did the trail take us from there? We continued along the ridge, enjoying the views of the city and the ocean and Gabriola Island. We knew we had to get home by a certain time to meet someone, so we pushed on as far as we could before the clock said it was time to start the return trip. At that point we met a young mom carrying her baby in a snuggly and leading her rather large dog. We stopped her and asked what was ahead on the trail. She said there the “Fairy Rings” and that the trail merged with the access road. That would have to be an adventure for another day.

I thought about that hike, and how pleasant it was because someone was willing to give us directions. It reminded me of the many times I have needed directions in my life. Who would give me directions? The answer is clear – God would.

Here what the Lord told the Psalmist: “The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
I have discovered that God truly does guide us, if we read His Word, pray and listen to His voice, and obey what He tells us to do.

– Pastor Gary

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