My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

The Next Mark

I was walking in the woods the other day. The walk was beautiful, albeit sparse in the middle of winter here in New England. But still there was beauty. I was taking it all in. Until I had no idea where I was headed.


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I couldn’t see the path clearly. Everything I thought was a path was just more windswept leaves and suddenly I felt lost.

Have you ever felt this way? The feeling like you thought you knew right were you were and the direction you were headed until you lifted your head and nothing looked right.

Suddenly, the very trees I was admiring looked menacing and the sound of leaves beneath my feet just reminded me how far I was from something solid. Our perspective can change in an instant when we lose our focus.

My writing has been this way a bit lately. I feel all over the place and nowhere at the same time. The very things I’ve loved and thought I understood seem foreign and even a bit frightening. And in this place of uncertainty, there is only one way to get your bearings.

When you’re overwhelmed and can’t figure out where this path is going you only have to do two things…keep your head up and look for the next trail marker.

Sometimes we can’t see the whole path. Even that which was so familiar can feel foreign and make you wonder about every step. And we forget the truth that we don’t need to see the whole path. We only need to take the next step to get us closer to where we want to be.

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Where are you standing today? Can you see the next trail marker?

Linking with other writer’s finding their way.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

6 Replies

  1. I love this reminder that we don’t need to see the whole path. I know I sometimes wish for all the details right now, but that’s not usually what God chooses to give. He wants us to trust him, regardless of what is ahead and around that corner. I also really love The Message translation of 1 Peter 4:12-13: “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday!

    1. Becky Hastings

      This is so true. Thanks for the scripture encouragement!

  2. Hi Becky,
    Visiting from Coffee for your Heart today. Your words resonate as we walk uncertain paths at time {and our words seem to be all the over place!}, but keep encouraging us with your words and letting us accompany you on your journey!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for visiting Valerie! Your encouragement means so much!

  3. There’s always something beautiful waiting for us just around the bend (and just beyond our ability to see). Blessings to you!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! Just beyond our ability to see! That’s where trust and faith come in. Thanks for visiting!

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