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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

The Path of Life

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.

I bless the Lord, who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol or let your faithful one see the Pit.

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16

A common Christian belief I've never quite been able to be on board with is that God has an individual plan for each of our lives.

I guess I just don't think God is like that. It makes God seem in such control that I have no agency, and that any mistake a make becomes a grave one. Bad things will happen when I stray from that plan.

That isn't to say that I don't think God has a plan at all. I do. There is a plan - a path - that God offers to each of us. A plan that God invites us to take part in.

God's plan is overarching. I believe it is universal rather than individual.

It is the plan - the path - of life.

God's plan is that life - life for creation, life for humanity - wins out. And God's plan of life includes love that permeates everything.

So rather than asking God to show me what God's individual plan is for me, I think I am meant to ask God how I can be of service to God's plan of life and love.

Dear God, show me how I can serve you in the path of life. Amen

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