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After participating in road marathons in the past, I tried something new by registering for a 50K trail race near Dongducheon, Korea.  In preparation for the race, I headed to some local Seoul trails but quickly realized how different it was from road runs as the paths were uneven, elevation consistently changing, but the hardest of all was getting my bearings straight when in the dense forest areas.  One wrong turn will lead to several kilometers of backtracking.  After several training runs around Seoul, I noticed colored ribbons hanging from the tree branches throughout the path which I was not paying attention to as my focus was looking down to make sure I had the right footing.  The colored ribbons were trail markers to let hikers and runners know they were on the right path.  After this revelation, a huge burden of getting lost at times was finally lifted and I looked for the markers throughout my runs to ensure I was going the right path.


This made me reflect on whether I am looking for the trail markers in my spiritual journey or fixated on my desires of the flesh.  Galatians 5 notes the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. 


Matthew Henry’s commentary on Psalms 119:105 states “The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it.  The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way.”


What a blessing to have access to the Bible and the Spirit to guide our path.  The path led by the Spirit (also noted in Galatians 5) will yield love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  All markers that we should seek through spiritual eyes to ensure the right path. 


As we begin this week, remember to look for the markers.  If you do not see them, maybe we need to make a turn to go in the right direction.