Tracking the Trails of Life

Let’s be sure, as we seek to live our lives according to the plans of God that we look out for the little marker posts of God’s track along the trails of life while following the guidance of his great trail map, the Bible.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

Years back, when I was still young and fit, I set out on an 80- kilometre hike with my youth group. The hike was called the Soutpansburg Trail. The Soutpansberg is a range of mountains in far northern South Africa located in Vhembe District, Limpopo. The region of vast forests and high mountains is very beautiful. It was a tough remote hike. We had a good leader and I remember him telling us how important it was for us to keep our eyes peeled for the trail markers along the way.

Every few kilometres there would be a post along the trail with a yellow arrow painted on it and details of the distance to the next hut. If we messed a marker we’d trek for miles before realising our error. Then we would need to backtrack until found the point where we left the trail. Not an easy feat, given the fact that every tree looks the same after one has hiked passed hundreds of similar-looking trees.

Tracking the will of God can be like trekking along a hiking trail. We need to keep our spiritual eyes peeled for every marker of God’s directions along the way. Fortunately, our hiking trail comes with a printed guide. The Bible is our map in following the trail of God’s plans. Sometimes a direction post of God’s trail for our lives will pop up in life with clear markings of the way to go but, for the most part, we need to be sure we keep the scriptures at hand to guide us along the path of life. 

The Holy Bible is the greatest aid you and I have at our disposal in seeking and tracking the will of God. The Scriptures are God-breathed and useful in not only directing us along the path but also training us for the great hike of life. For instance, in Proverbs, we are directed to trust in God’s plans and not lean on our own understanding. Then we are exhorted to acknowledge God in all our ways so that he will direct our paths.

So, let’s be sure, as we seek to live our lives according to the plans of God, that we look out for the little marker posts of God’s directions along the trails of life while following the guidance of his great map, the Bible. Beware, missing his markers will cause you to go off the trail. This will greatly fatigue you and cause you to need to back up in life until you return to the point where you left the track.

God-tracking is watching out for his markers on the trail of life

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Help me to see the little direction signposts you plant along the trail and help he to stay true to following your great roadmap, the Bible.

“Oh dear Lord, I have missed your marker for this trail I’m on. Forgive me for being complacent and not reading your word. I choose to reaffirm that I acknowledge you in all my ways and trust you to guide my footsteps along my hike. I trust you to lead me and keep me true to your track. Help me to see the little direction signposts you plant along the trail and help me to stay true to following your great roadmap, the Bible. Amen.”

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Dudley Anderson

Originally from South Africa, Dudley Andersen now lives in the UK where he heads up Sure Reality Media and pastors Cornerstone Family Church in Worcestershire. He is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan. Dudley has a background in radio and has worked for Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Christian Vision. Since 2005 he has produced diverse content for various Christian stations. He is the author of God-Tracking Through the Year and Overflowing Hope and writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also a worship leader.

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