|Sunbathers and swimmers. Lots of dogs and college students here.|
Our job was to continue where the last group of volunteers left off in establishing a better trail. While the current "social" trail may seem fine to the average person, there are many reasons why it is not. Once the new trail is cut, the old one is filled in with rocks, logs, soil, etc. and naturalized so that you never even know the old trail was there.
As we were walking through the woods placing our yellow flags where we thought the trail should go, it occurred to me that this was a heavily traveled area, and folks may try to follow those flags only to find themselves not exactly following a path. I found that idea somewhat amusing.
|Brian and Fred (another volunteer) scoping out the trail|
I found this even more amusing because I actually witnessed a young man hiking on his own trying to follow the flags (that he was not supposed to even follow!) and his faced registered his confusion when the pink and yellow flags converged, then split. Which way?
|Mr. Froggy went-a-courtin'|
|Look! I kissed the frog and he turned into a prince!|
That's why we need to be grounded in the Word, and to only heed the voice of the One who whispers, This is the way; walk in it. (Isaiah 30:21)
Before we veer off the trail, always ask God, "Is this the way I should go?" The right way may not seem like the right way at all. Or, the right way may be the path that you're already on. Always ask.
Blessings Along the Path,
If you are interested in free classes at Trail U through the NY/NJ Trail Conference, where you too can be a part of establishing a new or existing trail, visit NYNJTC.org Trail U Workshops