And this day, as I watched a biker and a walker venture the path, I recalled the making of the path with some theology.
"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:11
How did this path take root? It's a couple feet from the curb and swurves around the bridge pillars..then back down near the curb. As if many had to of traveled it - to move the grass to dirt - and traveled frequently - to prevent grass from growing again.
The path is even practical. Getting people to the town's Wal-Mart and their minimal options of places to eat :).
A practical, well traveled path.
How did everyone know how to individually make something TOGETHER?
I'm sure once it started to form - it's travelors just innately continued to take it - trusting that it's previous travelors paved a good way.
Trusting people they probably never met.
The purity in this path.
The truth in this path.
Most of us know we were designed for relationship with one another. Yet our mind can easily stop there.
The truth is we need each other - naturally - when forming something greater. Something of significance. We need to work together, trusting the other.
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
We are a part of the body. We give significance to it. If we fail to commit to our community and remain selfish - making our own paths - we can't WIDEN the path for others AND our community becomes handicapped - not able to FULLY function as they were INTENDED.
You have a part to play - to make the word "TOGETHER" an actual reality.
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. - 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
We're all on a journey. Let's find ourselves walking it together and in the same direction. Willing to take on new travelors and continue to pave new paths.