No Direct Path WITH God

I want to build on my thought from yesterday. While listening to people share their stories of faith I have become convinced that there is no direct path TO God. Well, I have also come to realize that there is no direct path WITH God either.
Once people come to faith in Jesus their story continues to be as unique as the person’s story before Jesus. I have listened to people who sound like they have never sinned or doubted anything about God then I have listened to other people who did nothing but sin and doubt God. People’s stories are unique and often not very straight at times.
Years ago I read about Rick Warren and his baseball analogy for faith. It goes something like this; people come to church and they are then going to run to first base, which is making a commitment to Jesus. Then they will become committed to Church and then to ministry and mission. It sounded great and simple to follow. Since hearing that analogy I can only think of a couple of people who I know that have actually followed that path.
Some people come to Church and then they get involved in helping others and then they commit to the Church and finally Jesus. It was as if they were running the bases backwards. Other people I know have come to Jesus and then spent years wandering around the outfield before getting to second base. Finally, others have come to Church and then made a straight line for the beer stand before stumbling into third base.
I write this as an encouragement. Your journey will not look like anyone else’s journey. Your story will be unique. The questions are always, “Where am I now?” and “How do I take another step with God?” Eventually I may look back at the footprints in the sand and it may look like I was blind on this journey with steps going every direction. That is okay, as long as your journey keeps leading you home.

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