This morning I thought about an old post I wrote a couple of years ago about being a tiny trailblazer. You can read a portion of it below. I was prompted to write it after hearing a great quote from Emily Freeman. “Leave your unique trail of beauty no matter how small it is.”
I love that quote. I thought about it again after reading these words in the Jesus Calling devotional this morning. “I am leading you along a way that is uniquely right for you…marvel at the beauty of a life intertwined with My Presence. Rejoice as we journey together in intimate communion. Enjoy the adventure of finding yourself through losing yourself in Me.”
On Saturday, I had a similar thought about beauty being discovered off the beaten path (out of the limelight) as a I ran along a quiet path. It was there where I encountered life and loveliness all around me.
Two years ago, these were the thoughts I wrote down about taking our own unique paths:
My trail isn’t a major highway. It might never be a major highway. But when I keep my eyes focused on the reason behind the journey then I am more than okay with this. This journey is for Him. Every step and every direction should glorify Him. More than anything, I desire to follow along the paths that He calls me down.
Occasionally, I even have this thought: Maybe all the little roads are in fact the big roads. Major highways in disguise. I just can’t fully comprehend it from my human perspective.
The more I travel the little streets God tends to take me down, the more I appreciate them. He reminds me over and over that the most beautiful and life changing attractions aren’t on the major roads, they are tucked away off the beaten path. I don’t want to miss all the heart touching scenery God is showing me along the way.
He knows a truth that I sometimes have hard time remembering. Popular, fast-moving, interstates have a way of bypassing many of the joy-filled lessons. I need the small because I need the lessons. (excerpt from Tiny Trailblazers, Originally posted July 12, 2012)
I need the small because I need the lessons.
I have chosen my One Word for 2015. Or, maybe, my word has chosen me. 🙂
This year, I want to look for and embrace the small. I want to look for the gifts tucked away in the moments, those small gifts we often overlook because our eyes are forever wandering off the path looking for something bigger.
Maybe all the little roads are in fact the big roads. Major highways in disguise.