Choose Your Own Path

I’d like to interrupt this RV Travel Blog to share a bit of introspection on the concept of a “Path.”  For the third time today, the word “Path” was used in conversation with me. Although this is a common word, and I probably hear it daily without thinking of it, today I heard “Path” three times before noon.  It’s as though a quiet voice is whispering, “Pay attention.”

Is it a coincidence or Divine intervention?

The word “Path” means something to me.  Almost 20 years ago (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long), a friend who was raised in the Church and is a lifelong devout Christian helped me to read the Bible from beginning to end. At that time, I didn’t have a strong understanding of God beyond what I had learned during past sporadic visits to Church and through the words of others. In retrospect, I think that hearing interpretations about God from others didn’t resonate with me for a variety of reasons. The bottom line was that I lacked knowledge and a spiritual connection that I was craving. I needed to read the Bible myself.

For over a year, we met weekly and would discuss the previous week’s assigned reading. Most of the passages that resonated with me discussed concepts of a Path. It was the first time that I understood that a Path was more than a dirt trail in the weeds. A Path has a larger, mystical meaning about life choices and direction.

During that year, I wrote these passages down as I came upon them because they were thought-provoking and meaningful:

  • 2 Samuel 22:37: You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. NIV
  • Psalms 57:6: They spread a net for my feet – I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path – but they have fallen into it themselves. NIV
  • Hosea 2:6 – Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. NIV
  • Psalms 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Throughout the years, the word “Path” has continued to hold a special significance. Twice it’s been in a message in my fortune cookie, one of which is now taped to a picture frame at my desk (pictured above).

During a particularly difficult time in my life, the concept that we are all on our own Path helped me to let go of anger with others because of how their life choices affected me. I came to realize that every single person on earth walks their own Path, including me. I have no control over how others choose to walk their own Path. They have to make their own decisions and accept the consequences (good or bad) resulting from their choices. Realizing that allowed me to let go of resentment that I carried for far too long, and reminded me to focus on my Path, which eventually led me into the RVing world, a direction that has brought so much happiness to my life.  A Path is a powerful word and concept.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”   – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta (the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

The word, “Path” isn’t the only thing I have assigned meaning to. As I have grown older, I have begun holding onto special words and items as symbols. I also have an illogical connection to the number 12, though I have absolutely no idea why. I cherish little items that have found their way to me over the years that remind me of my children. I am compelled to carry these items with me, like talismans.
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I keep feathers and coins that I have found around my home because of the sneaking suspicion that they are messages from the spiritual world (I get creeped out easily so I don’t think about this one too much).
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“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”   – An Irish Blessing

My biblical curiosity didn’t connect me to any particular organized religion, but it did strengthen my connection to God, which continues to evolve. My God holds me in the palm of His hand. He whispers His love to me in so many ways. Today, He whispered for me to pay attention.

Ok, God.  You have my attention.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Sandi Thomas Preddy July 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Yes, God has His ways of getting our attention. Enjoyed your post… Maybe God is preparing you for something different…

    • Reply Chris Hughes July 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed the article.

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