Over Steep Ways


Life has few easy roads. My pathway, and probably yours, has been dotted with stones and other rough obstacles. If you are like me, you try your best to gaze down a path and then choose the one that seems to be the smoothest, hoping there are no potholes to fall into and no rocks to trip over. So often, I have reached for the stars and set my heart to reach them, only to find that the way is too steep.

My choices have not always been so great, and certainly none have offered me easy travel. Each pathway I have ever traversed held its unique obstacles, sometimes stones in the road, at other times steep climbs impossible to make, and at other times enormous, heavy, immovable boulders.

There is an old gospel song that says, “It’s not an easy road, there are trials and troubles, and many are the dangers we meet . . . No, no. It’s not an easy road . . . But God walks beside us and brightens the journey, and lightens the heavy load.”

Difficult pathways filled with obstacles are in every life journey. We can take heart in three truths:

1) We do have the inner strength and resilience to make the journey;

2) We are often graced with companions along the way to give us encouragement; and

3) God always walks before us and beside us to guide our way.

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim, the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
– W. C. Doane

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