I like to take my daily walk through a secluded new neighborhood that is under construction. I was recently moving swiftly up one of the empty streets as I was looking down and typing into my phone. All of a sudden the massive metal arm of a parked excavator was inches from the right side of my face. I jumped back alarmed and extremely thankful. Had I been a half foot to the right I would’ve slammed into it with my forehead and face.

I instantly began weeping because of God’s mercy to me with what He had just physically spared me of in my already fragile emotional place. Tears of gratitude and conviction simultaneously fell. I’d spent the last couple of weeks trying to pull out of myself and look to the One who deserves all my exaltation, only to find my nose buried in my own belly button over and over again.

I quickly grasped this illustration for the believer. Look what can happen if we choose to trek this treacherous path of life without looking up at our Travel Guide! May the beauty and perfect wisdom of our Savior wholly captivate our sight that we may avoid the dangers on the road.

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure (Proverbs 4:25-26).

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