“The Hidden Path,” by Wilma Sheffer


the pathMy sister wanted new landscaping in the front of her house and hired a very creative gardener to do the work. Pat had a vague idea of what she wanted, but the gardener used her imagination and skill to begin the process of transforming the space in the front yard into a creative work of art.

It took much scraping of the old plot that included weeds, old useless dirt, various stones and rock that had to cleared. Scraping one section away, the gardener discovered a curved walkway that led to the front door of the house! My sister has lived in this home for 26 years, and had never seen this pathway! It was completely hidden by accumulated dirt made from the composting of leaves and grass, and the neglect for many years by previous owners who had not kept the walkway cleared from an earlier time. Maintenance of a pathway is very important.

The Word of God has many references to the paths that afford us a safe and secure walk with Him!
He gives Blessed assurance: Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; at Your Right Hand are pleasures forevermore.” The new garden pathway put a whole new perspective to seeing the house! Whereas we always entered through a closed in breezeway, and that appeared to be the main entrance, now we can see the real front door of the house! The garden pathway leads a visitor directly to the entrance!

John the Baptist quoted Isaiah’s prophecy, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight!” (Matthew 3: 3) Preparing straight pathways are requisite to receiving the Lord Jesus. Unless we repent of our crooked ways, our sins and shortcomings, we are no wise ready to enter His courts as the redeemed! Too many people say a prayer in times of trouble or repeat a prayer but without consecration or commitment, but really never have a heart change. The old debris is not cleared away for straight paths! We must prepare our hearts as that gardener prepared the area for the planned garden. Then as believers on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Sovereign Lord , and by His Grace and Mercy, we begin the work of servant-hood that He has for us to do!

Hebrews 12:12 commands us: “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed!” The writer of Hebrews cautions us to walk carefully, avoiding the many pitfalls of sin, “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the Grace of God.” The walk is not “Easy Street!” Stay on the path that leads to the Door! Jesus will guide and see you safely Home! He will keep that which is committed to Him.