The Path of Life is Sometimes Clear, Sometimes Muddy


The word path is the prompt Kate Moutang chose for this week for #FiveMinuteFriday. I’m going to try to stick with rules and only write for five minutes without editing, though I will take extra time for pictures.

We had some interesting dialog tonight at the Twitter #fmfparty. It’s always fun to see what others have been up to during the week. Many of us were tired from our busy days, but it was refreshing to interact with each other. 



The path of life is not always clear. There are twists and turns and we can’t see very far ahead sometimes. Maybe there are brambles and branches hanging low, but we still press forward. Maybe rain comes and washes out the path making it muddy.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

Sometimes, though, the path is clearly laid out, and there are resting places along the way. We can stop, contemplate and notice the beauty along the way.


The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

We humans like to make plans so that we know exactly where to go on this path of life, but sometimes they go awry. When that happens we need to remember that God leads us the way He knows is best even if we don’t understand. God leads us the way He knows is best. We may be disappointed for a time, but in the end we will see that His plan was best.

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:11

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #Faith’nFriends

16 thoughts on “The Path of Life is Sometimes Clear, Sometimes Muddy

  1. Beautifully said, Gayl. And the picture’s lovely.

    I was once hiking in the mountains east of San Diego – well, these were desert mountains, bereft of all but scratchy scrub. I looked to bag a peak, and saw what seemed to be a clear and easy path to get there.

    Following it, I found that it was steeper than it seemed, and then boxed me in on a false summit. Getting back down was a bit fraught, and I almost took a header over the edge of a rock, which would have resulted in going down about 400 ft – headfirst.

    Should have looked at the map.

    And isn’t it nice that for the rest of life we DO have a map, called the Bible?

    #1 at FMF this week.

    1. Wow, Andrew! That hike must have been a bit scary esp.when you almost fell. Whew! Yeah, looking at the map first might have been a good idea. 🙂

      Yes, so glad we have a map for life! Great to have you visit, Andrew! Many blessings to you and yours! (incl. your dogs, for they are part of your family, right?) 🙂

  2. asdfdGayl, good words here. And yeah, you described me. I LIKE my plans. I am learning to flex when God changes them (which is most of the time). The thing is, I’ve been learning that His plans are always best. This is helping me learn to trust Him more quickly, and to lean into Him sooner when He shifts my path.

    1. Thanks, Jeanne! I think we all like our plans and it is hard when they get changed. I’m also learning to go to Him sooner when things don’t go as planned.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings to you!

  3. Loved this. Reminds me of how I’ve experienced paths in the Rocky Mountains. I’m in the 40 spot this week.

    1. Thanks, Tara! I’ve never been in the Rocky Mountains; the Smoky Mountains are near and we like to visit there sometimes.

      Thanks for visiting. Blessings to you!

  4. Amen, Gayl!
    This is sometimes so hard to surrender to, but so true! He leads us along the best path. Thank you for the beautiful pictures, encouraging verses, and positive reminder this afternoon!
    Appreciate you, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend~

  5. At the end we see that His path is the best. That is my hope and what I hold onto. As always thank you for your encouraging words. hope you have a good weekend

    1. Hi Kristina!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement! My weekend was actually relaxing, which i needed badly. 🙂

      Hope you have a wonderful week. Many blessings to you!

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