June 1, 2022

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”—Psalm 32:8-9 (NLT)

My Path

The year—1970—I was relaxing in the bathtub watching water ripple over my stomach at the kicks of our unborn child. The undulations mesmerized me.

Although now I can’t say what I was thinking about at the time, I am clear on the thought that suddenly ticker-taped through my mind.—“Go back to college for a master’s degree in counseling.”

Hmm. That was an intriguing idea. Especially with a toddler still in diapers and another little one on the way. As I lay there, the prospect grew on me, so much so that I hollered out to my husband, “I’m going back to college.”

“Okay,” he said over the sound of the television in the living room.

“I don’t think you heard me. I’m going for a master’s degree in counseling.”

“Fine with me,” he said, ever the supportive husband.

And so began my four-year path of late night studying and long commutes to the university. One especially dark night returning from class to our rural home, I turned on the radio to hear, “Breaking news! A resident has escaped from the mental hospital. He is dangerous, so beware.”

That institution was not far from where we lived, so the creepy crawlies marched up my spine. When I arrived home, I jumped out of the car and ran to the house (as much as a pregnant person can jump and run). Once in the safety of the kitchen, I slammed the door shut—the door without a lock. Sometime after midnight I had to use the restroom. I got up and walked through the kitchen past that door. Without warning, it flew open. Sweet sister, I almost didn’t need to complete my trek to the toilet! Long story short, the culprit was simply a gust of wind.

Another time, again driving home in pitch dark across country gravel roads, and traveling a bit faster than advisable, I sailed up and over a hill. Whee! My Ford caught air and dropped onto the downward slope. Uh oh!

What I saw—or didn’t see—sent shock waves through me and rendered me practically paralyzed. I couldn’t lift my foot from the gas pedal even though I rocketed through a herd of cows on both sides of the car. Lots and lots of black angus were heading in the same direction I was traveling, so their eyes didn’t reflect my headlights. To this day I know I couldn’t have gotten a tissue paper between their bodies and the car. Had angels gone before me to clear the path? No one can convince me otherwise.

But back to the counseling degree. God had a plan for my life and for those I would counsel. I sensed Him telling me that He would send me wounded lambs. Over the thirty-plus years I counseled, indeed I did minister to a multitude of hurting souls. What a privilege and honor it was to be used by the Lord.

The Lord will guide you alwaysHe will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”—Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)

Many times in those therapy sessions I petitioned God for direction, for words to help the person sitting in front of me. Not once did the Lord fail to guide me—not then when someone else’s life was at stake, nor when I needed help for myself.

I opened this blog with Psalm 32:8-9:

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’”

What a promise come true!

The Question:

You read the title of this blog:  “Sowing Seeds for Guidance.” The question is, How does one go about sowing seeds for guidance?

The Answer:  Develop an Intimate Relationship With God by:

  • Spending time in His Word
  • Praising Him in Prayer and in Song
  • Pursuing Him by:
    • Seeking Him out
    • Opening Yourself to Him and What He Has For You

Prayer: Thank you Lord for knowing the best path for my life. Thank you for guiding me along that path and nudging me back onto it when I get off track. I praise you for watching over me!

Thought For The Day:  “Without guidance from God law and order disappear, but God blesses everyone who obeys His Law.”—Proverbs 29:18 (CEV)