Out of Reach for a Reason

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Do you see it—hanging like a papery ornament, just in front of a Colorado blue spruce?

What you may not notice are its whirring, buzzing, stinging residents.

That nest is best left alone.

I shot this picture from the back of my horse on a trail at Music Meadows Ranch near the base of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Curiosity over the intricately layered nest called me to investigate, but I didn’t. I knew the consequences and rode on by. My horse whiffled out a deep breath, as if in relief. As if it knew humans were just dumb enough to try a stunt like poking around at a wasp nest.

God puts some things out of reach for a reason. This concept makes me wonder if the tree in the center of the garden of Eden was growing out of a rocky crag in a hard-to-reach position that had to be scaled with great determination and effort.

So often in my life, I’ve been afraid of falling off of God’s will, as if it were a tightrope I had to walk. However, experience has taught me that God’s will shouldn’t be compared to a tightrope. Like a preacher once said, it’s more of a canyon we have to deliberately climb out of.

I’m sure glad, because my tightrope-walking skills aren’t that shiny.

As much as I want to be in God’s will, He wants me in His will even more. When I ask Him to lead me in the paths of his choosing, I can be confident in His faithfulness to do just that.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Psalm 143:10 NLT


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“The unknown is often frightening, but Jesus said He would never leave us. Our job is to move forward, into the future, trusting Him.”  ~ The Miracle Tree







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