Life Through the Lens: The often-walked path

Kevin Schrapel muses about appreciating the familiar things we might not stop to think about.

This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel, and is the author’s personal opinion.

This path leads to my front door.

It’s not a very spectacular path.

In fact, it is a very ordinary path.

The door is quite a standard door, found as the front door to thousands of homes around our country.

But, despite their standard commonness, this path and this door lead to home – my home.

It’s a special place, a unique, one-of-a-kind place where I can relax, either by myself or with Ruth, with family or friends.

Walking the path to the door we come and go through most often, be it front or back, do we stop and think of all the blessings to which that path has led?

Complacency and the ho-hum can quietly bleed so much joy from our lives.

A friendship with Jesus can also become filled with complacency, being taken for granted with a feeling of “oh well, God doesn’t appear to be doing much in my life”.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no-one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:6).

Just like the path and the door, Jesus is always there, offering security and safety from the storms of life.

He keeps safe for you the blessings of stored-up memories and friendships with others, and those special times when you felt the close reality of his presence. 

Sometimes we walk out the door and down the path away from home, but we know or hope it will be there when we return.

Sometimes we walk away from Jesus.

The difference is that we can be absolutely sure he will always be there when we turn and come back to feel the safety of his love.

Next time you walk towards that door, stop for a few moments and think about where it leads.

Once inside, again, stop and quietly look around at the familiarity that surrounds you.

You might be surprised at what you see, what you feel. 

Thank God for what you see with new eyes, what you feel with a new appreciation – it’s all the result of his love.

God bless you and yours.

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