Hurricanes and summer storms uprooted trees. Branches fell. Torrents of water created gullies where there used to be a sandy trail.
One of my favorite trails to ride my horse became impassable from one end because of the huge tree that lay horizontal. Hollow, dead, crushed at one end.
The clear trails are those which are bush-hogged, trimmed, maintained with care and attention. The trees stand tall with limbs shading the path. These trees protect the horseback rider, or hiker, from the blazing summer sun and offer a lovely carpet of leaves on a brisk, fall morning.
As we travel these paths we can savor the beauty of creation. Birds, sunsets, flowers, and floating butterflies are there for us to enjoy.
To remain clear the paths must be tended. Fallen branches might need to be moved out of the way. Grass and weeds have to be bush-hogged and trimmed.
The trail blocked by the fallen tree was no longer passable and the other end of it lay uncut and overgrown with weeds. In a similar way, if we ignore God’s path it will become overrun with the fallen branches of sin, and the weeds of indifference will block our way.
Imagine the joy and beauty we experience when we allow God’s Word to bush-hog our hearts!
“All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies,” Psalm 25:10 (NASB)