Rabbit Trails

Oct. 31, 2020

Scripture Readings

Sometimes while hiking the paths of life, we encounter what is sometimes referred to as "rabbit trails." These are trails that don't lead to good places. Have you ever taken one of those paths off the main trail? Some of them peter out and comes to a dead end, wasting precious daylight hours. Others, without warning, can put us in cliff-hanging danger where one misstep can cause serious harm. These trails, today's scripture passages warn, should be avoided so that we can follow the salvation trail that leads to something much more valuable. The salvation trail leads to a place of indescribable beauty, glory and honour, shared with Jesus our woodsman guide, who has walked this trail before us.

The writer to the Hebrews refers to these rabbit trails as "drifting," and admonishes us to pay careful attention to stay on the salvation trail. Hindering rabbit trails, Proverbs tells us, include things like gossiping, quarrelling and laziness. Obadiah prophesizes the destruction of the nation of Esau (Edomites) because they capitalized on the Babylonian capture of their brother nation Jacob (Israel) by taking over Israel's now vacant lands. The trail of "easy pickings" taken by the Edomites resulted ultimately in their total destruction (this was the end of the nation of Edomites). Of course, this is not a complete list, but the results of drifting are the same: an end to advancement, peace and growth and being stuck in the mire of hurt feelings and damaged relationships. 

Have you been down any rabbit trails? I know I have. Perhaps you have experienced other rabbit trails: fear, anger, the unchecked pursuit of pleasure, or a need to control. Perhaps some of these trails have led to getting stuck in addictions or self harm. If you find yourself in dangerous territory, know that you can cry out to the woodsman guide who knows exactly where you are and knows how to walk you out to pleasant places. By the way, yelling for help is an acceptable response when stuck!

The salvation trail is not the easy trail. It is full of challenges. So, let's encourage one another along the way and share each other's burdens. Camaraderie lightens the load and makes the difficult places possible. Let's join the Woodsman Guide in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.

I once took a survival course that required me to be alone in the mountains for three days with no food and only a sleeping bag, a ground sheet, and a knife. It was during that time that I decided to ask a young lady to marry me when I returned. Perhaps she just took pity on me (I was looking a bit malnourished), but for whatever reason, Marlette said "yes."  It has been over 37 years now, and still she continues to amaze me as we walk together (usually 10 thousand steps per day) to what lies ahead at trail's end. See you on the trail!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5,6

 

Brian Reed

Married to Marlette, new to Foothills but has spent his life serving Jesus and influence other for him.