Guide Rails

On a recent stroll down the beach, I spotted a turtle nest quarantined off with yellow caution tape.  Upon closer inspection, I noticed that someone had meticulously crafted wooden ‘guide rails’ pressed into the sand creating a sort of turtle ramp leading to the sea. My first thought was:  Are you kidding me?  Baby turtles have survived thousands of years without wooden guides leading them to the ocean!  But isn’t that sometimes what we ask of God…some ‘guide rails’ that will lead us through the great unknown?  Some sort of invisible bumpers that will keep us on the right path as we seek out His will for our lives.  Not unlike those baby turtles, we sometimes have to blindly step out into uncertainty, bumping the guide rails as we go, knowing that the sea is out there but just not feeling sure we are pointed in the right direction. Lord, help me lean into your guide rails of promises and bump into Jerimiah 29:11 as I put one foot in front of the other: “For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Judy Ennis

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