The last time my granddaughter was visiting we took a walk. We often take walks when we are together. Walking down our steep road, she said she wanted to go see our creek. It flows through our property in our woods; our grandchildren love to play by it.
As we veered off the road, I told her to be careful of the brambles. She didn’t understand at first, so I told her that brambles were the thorny branches of the wild roses that grow on our property.
Walking forward she learned what brambles were. I tried to clear the path, but with each step she landed deeper into the mass of thorny bushes. She finally threw up her arms pleading with me to pick her up. I leaned down, scooped her up, turned and gently tossed her up the hill where she landed on her feet. The conversation back to the house was filled with her dislike of brambles.
How often in our lives do we start heading to a destination only to find ourselves caught in a pile of brambles? We eventually throw our hands up, pleading with God to lift us from the thorns. He is faithful and removes what is keeping us tangled up. But, our Lord, unlike this Grandmother, will gently pick you up, and lay us beside still waters to hear His voice and heal.
Psalm 23:2-4, “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (New Living Translation)