by Peter Lane 16 March 2022
John 14 v4-6
You know the way that leads to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; so how can we know the way to get there?” Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.
Following the untimely death of our great friend Trev, Chris and myself have been out on several long walks and talked together about the many happy times we have spent with him and Alison walking around the United Kingdom. During a period of twelve years the four of us completed nine long distance paths, walking a distance of 850 miles - Wow!
One of Trev's many gifts was that of map reading. It didn't matter where we were walking Trev would always be able to look at the map and know our exact location. He was our "Way Maker", our navigator along the path.
Although he always knew where we were it didn't mean the journey was straightforward. There were times when the path was easy, but on many occasions there would be lots of ups and downs along the way. On the coastal paths Alison and Trev loved walking along the beaches. The sand was flat and the sound of the sea was relaxing - much easier than the undulating cliff top paths at the rear of the shore. However, at the end of the beach we would have to make our way back onto the cliff tops, which was often quite difficult if the paths were not well used or the cliff face had eroded!
Our spiritual journey is no different. In Christ we have our "Way Maker" and through faith we know where we are going, but the path is far from straightforward. There are occasions when we feel close to God, but it is important to remember that in the dark times when our faith is tested and we feel like giving up, God is still working and guiding us along the way.
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Even when I don't see it, You're working
Even when I don't feel it, You're working
You never stop, You never stop working
You never stop, Jesus You are
Way maker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are
We thank you for those friends we meet on life's journey, who encourage us along the path. They are our "Way Makers" who help us to navigate through all the trials along the way.