Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

So goes the mantra of our lives.
How we desire simplicity in each area of our lives.
How we continually collect, add, complicate.

Perhaps this is why the Psalter reading for today blazed across my sight.

In the center of Psalm 86 it states:

"...You alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord;
I will walk in your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.
I will praise you O Lord my God,
with all my Heart,
and I will glorify Your name for evermore."

So here is the simple recipe for ease in our spiritual pilgrimage, which - yes- we also complicate.
Reading this definitely provided a 'selah' moment for me this morning.

Psalm 27.11 compliments this by stating:

"Teach me Your way, O Lord,
and lead me in a plain path...." [KJV]

A plain path is a clear path, a path distinct.

O Dear Reader, may we unclutter our lives, hearts and paths.
May we stop piling up our own notions.
May we allow our faithful God to lead rather than us setting the criteria with our expectations.

May we not forget to praise, to fear, to glorify.
And so walk..not run ahead, but walk as He clears the path before us.

"Lead me Lord,
Lead me in Thy righteousness;
May Thy way plain
before my face.
For it is Thou Lord,
Thou Lord only,
that makes me to dwell in safety."
Samuel S. Welsey, 1810-1876


  1. He leads dwell in safety. Happy thought indeed!

  2. I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately, specifically when it comes to the 'expected' prayer life of a Christian. I don't think it always has to be an hour with a list telling God all the woes and telling him what he already knows... it's too much. Why can't it be a truthful, humble, and simple, "Help me."?

    anyways... footprints.