Trusting God to Guide Us
I had an interesting insight while hiking with my family recently. You can read the full story at "For the Family"
I have heard over and over again some variation of the phrase, “raising kids does not come with a handbook”. People often wonder, partly in jest, why they are entrusted with this great responsibility of raising children without more clear instructions. Why has someone not written a book exactly for them? When I have met at crossroads in my own parenting, I have also hoped for some sort of direction on where I should go next.
One of my favorite family activities is to go on hikes. We will drive to a nearby hiking trail, find a map, and head off on our adventures. On a recent hike with my family, we got off the trail a little bit to avoid a muddy patch due to melting snow. After continuing for a little way, and realizing we were off track, we decided it would be best to follow the trail.
Now, I have not hiked in a lot of different places across the country, or the world, so I can only speak to what I know. In the Northeast United States, trails are marked with colored rectangles on the trees. They change colors depending on he trail you are wanting to take, and on some trees there are more than one color of marking when the trails overlap.
As we were wandering from the path and realized that there were not markings in front of us, we searched around and saw some white markings on the trees far in the distance. We quickly corrected our course, walking through a little bit of mud to get there, and got back on track, following the white marks to get us out of the forest and back to our car.