My husband is a trail-maker. His first calling and ministry is as that of a doctor, listening to, analyzing, advocating for, advising, addressing, preventing illnesses, treating, and encouraging patients in their health. Because of his link into vulnerable
moments in people’s lives, God is witnessed through him with the barriers half way down. It is quite a position and honor.
However, when he is home, my hubby loves to unwind with projects. One venture has been to cut trails into our bush, to create
unique walks through the undergrowth that generally lead to some form of view.
Countless stairs have been cut into our grassed banks to gain access to the higher regions, and with the use of a small digger larger tracks have been shaped for the ease
of many travelers. When friends come to visit one of the first things they do is ask about, or explore, the various tracks trailing off from our back yard.
Our newest additions lead to the recent Punga tree hut, which our girls sleep in on warm weekends.
The steps are barely visible from the lawn at the base, but as you look further into the bush the winding track of cutout stages call you to follow it. God made us want to see around corners.
Christians have the joy, obligation, privilege and honor
of forging steps through our lives for others to follow. Some of these steps are harder to climb, and some take us around many corners and up steep terrain. However, those enticed by the appeal of a path already trodden, are led to a view more astonishing
and breath-taking than any ever seen. We are taking them to a mountaintop experience with God!
Just as my husband creates steps at home for us to enjoy, he is also building steps in his patient’s lives. God may require him to build only one step
for an individual, so they can see a little more light from being one stride closer to the bend in the path, bringing him or her to the full beam of the Son. We are all called to build steps and encourage people up them. Many individuals in my life have built
the steps I walked on to see the view of God.
Be a trail maker too.