Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Grandpa and The Well Worn Path

Proverbs 3:5-6
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Deuteronomy 5:33
English Standard Version (ESV)
33 You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.
1 Peter 2:21
English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
Staying over at my grandparents' farm meant waking up to the lowing of the cows and then looking out the upstairs bedroom window to the comforting sight of Grandpa walking the path to the milk house and the barn.  The day had started for him, but as a farmer's grandchild and not a child, it meant I could lay back in the bed shared with a sister and anticipate what I knew would be a good day to be a child.    
Grandpa walked a well worn path.  There are no days off in dairy farming.  There's no calling in sick or playing hooky.  Grandpa was a faithful farmer and his cows were healthy under his care.  What I perceived as large, gentle pets were his livelihood.  He was a faithful man in other ways, faithful to God, his wife, his children and grandchildren.  He was respected in his community.  He was steadfast, unwavering and exceedingly patient.    May my God find me faithfully walking His path until it is also well worn and evident to the generations that follow.  
Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Fernando Ortega 

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