Always a Clear Path

Many years ago when traffic lights for the guidance of motorists and pedestrians were not the rule, as they are today, I was walking with a friend one afternoon in a busy thoroughfare. It had always been her custom to watch cautiously and wait timidly at street crossings, sometimes making many false starts and retreats before sufficient courage was gained. On this afternoon, after one quiet look in all directions, she walked straight across with firm, assured step. Catching up with her, I asked, "How is it that you crossed the street so fearlessly this time?" Her reply was that as she was working to overcome her usual sense of timidity, the thought came to her as clearly as if spoken aloud that there is always a clear path for God's ideas. Looking back, I saw that all streets leading into this square were indeed clear. A few moments later another wide and busy avenue had to be crossed, and again there was nothing to interfere with our progress, and a sense of ever-present Love's tender care was with us both.

The right idea revealed to my friend on that morning has unfolded, and proved its divine origin by its usefulness in solving many and varied problems.

Job expressed something of this same truth when he said, "There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen." The Psalmist when he prayed that God would lead him in "a plain path" because of his enemies realized the possibility of God's deliverance by ways discernible only to spiritual sense.

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"An understanding heart"
July 29, 1944

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