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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path

Have you ever been lost? I mean really lost? It's easy to do when we are
unfamiliar with the area we are traveling through. Some of us have been lost
and some of us still are, aren't we.

When we first arrived in Africa, Dan Bell the missionary we were joining
took me out into the bush. He pointed out the tire tracks of our vehicle and
said, "Always pay attention to the tire tracks, they'll show you how to get
back". (normally we would meet a man from the area who would guide us to the
village to which we were traveling, but often we went back without them.)

Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle,
nothing around him but bush and a few cleared places. He found a hut and
asked the man who lived there if he could get him out. He said he could.

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The man said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked
jungle for more than an hour.

The missionary got worried. "Are you quite sure this is the way? Where is
the path?"

The man said, "Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path."

You see the place we need to go is unfamiliar to many people. That's not a
new problem in it'self. Notice the conversation that takes place in John
14:4-6, Jesus said: "You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas
said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know
the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

Most of us are heading in a lot of different directions in our lives. We
plan our lives out in stages. We plan what we will do when we get out of
school, then where we will work and where we will live. We make plans for
getting older and what will happen in our lives then, but what about after
that? Someone once said, "if you don't know where you are going, you'll be
sure to get there."

There is only one who is the path! He is the way, the truth and the life! Do
you know him? If you're lost and struggling to find your way, maybe it's
time meet the one who is the only true path!

Russ Lawson,

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