The Pathway to the Barn


Thy word is lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

When I was a teenager I lived for a few years on a farm in Southern Missouri. Each of us had our own chores and mine was to milk the cow. It would have been far easier to run across the road to the milk barn when it was light out, but in order to be ready to leave for work on time, I needed to get out of my nice warm bed and get started by 4:45. If the moon was full, it wasn’t hard to see and I could easily pick my way up the familiar path. But on dark moonless mornings, though I knew the way by heart, I needed the beam from my flashlight to find where to place my feet for each step.

Now fifty years later, I am still getting up long before daybreak but the pathway of 2021 feels far darker than any of those walks to the barn. Our own family’s issues, the ever changing national health crisis along with my own personal struggles loom on the horizon feeling like the shadows of a massive mountain range. Fears and doubts, decisions and demands lie waiting to be confronted, decided and met full on. But there is hope because God has given us a promise that He will light the path. We may not see well enough to run ahead, but His word will show us the way to take the next step. Then, even more amazingly He adds the even greater promise that He will not only light our path but that He will walk with us on it ,step by step, all the way to the barn.

God bless you each of you and Happy New Year. May you find the next step that He has reserved for you in this year that lies ahead!

Published by pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

5 thoughts on “The Pathway to the Barn

  1. I love pictures of old barns, they always bring sweet memories of the time spent working & playing at my grandparents farm (it is now managed by my dad & his brother).

    I learned so many important life lessons on the plot of land called Clear Creek Farm (Hillsboro, OH).

    You words today spoke directly to my soul.

    1. Thanks I love them too. I have so many happy memories and lessons from the Lord that I have learned while working in the barn. Maybe that’s why He chose one as an unforgettable place to be born.

  2. I greatly appreciate the wisdom in your words “But there is hope because God has given us a promise that He will light the path. We may not see well enough to run ahead, but His word will show us the way to take the next step.” In my younger years, I would just run ahead thinking I had enough light to traverse the road only to trip myself up on a root I couldn’t see. The Lord used those tumbles to teach me to walk step by step staying within the light of His Word that He’s shining on my path.

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