Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy. Deuteronomy 5:33 (NLT)

God gave these instructions to Moses as the children of Israel were preparing to enter the Promised Land. Their parents had died in the desert because of their stubbornness and now God was giving this new generation a challenge and a promise. Stay on the path. We had a rugged path this week. Mark had another ride with the 911 guys to the ER. His blood pressure was 50 over 20 when they arrived at the house. But God was not ready for him to join Him just yet. Some complications from a routine medical procedure last week resulted in a large blood loss. Great medical care by the staff in both ER and ICU along with many bags of plasma and red blood cells helped bring up the pressure. The doctor took care of a couple of bleeders and now Mark is feeling much better and the crisis is over. I am so thankful that God gives us His map for our journey. My granddaughter, Kate, always asks me if I have a map in my head when we are driving. She does NOT like to be lost. God could have chosen to just give us the easiest and most direct routes in our life map. But He knew that we would more likely identify with those stories of people who messed up, took the wrong road, and found it necessary to ask for directions and forgiveness – just like we do. Mark is alive today because five guys had life-giving support for him and knew the best way to the hospital. Take a moment and choose God’s path and the promise of life …for all of eternity!