Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

The Correct Path

"Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight." -Psalm 119:35

Three-year-old Thaddeus is a little boy with many disabling conditions. He had barely gotten out of diapers and had already endured eight surgeries. A few months ago his parents got quite a scare. While Thad was napping in his crib, his ventilator came undone. When his mother checked on him, Thad was unconscious. Quickly they administered CPR and called 9-1-1. Because their town is so small, the rescue squad was there almost immediately. 

The paramedics swept Thad up in their arms, continued CPR, and told the parents to follow the ambulance in their car. Where were they heading? “To the cemetery,” the paramedics shouted back. What a strange, eerie destination! As Thad’s parents sped behind the ambulance, they kept thinking, Why the cemetery? How awful! What’s going on? You can understand. A cemetery is the last place you would think to go if your child’s life is hanging in the balance. When the paramedics pulled up to the gates of the cemetery, it became clear. The paramedics had called ahead, and just yards away was the life-flight helicopter from a nearby city. The only place for it to land with no trees around was the town cemetery!  

Thad is okay now. His parents have a new appreciation for the town cemetery and the strange way God often asks us to trust him. Sometimes it definitely feels as though God is leading us down the wrong path to the wrong place at the wrong time. Today’s verse should be our prayer every day. What path is God leading you on? Does it feel “right?”  Don’t allow your emotions to alter your confidence in God. When he is leading the way, we not only find life, but delight. 

Oh God, forgive me for doubting you when the path you take me on seems dark and indiscernible. Forgive me for questioning you when the destination you are leading me to seems “wrong.” Increase my trust this day!