God’s Path




C.A. Fox, unknown to Google or Bing, posted a sign on the high trails that gave encouragement to Charles and Lettie Cowman in the early 1900s.*

In 1928 Lettie Cowman reposted C.A. Fox’s high-trail sign in the biography Charles E. Cowman: Missionary –Warrior. In 1975 a friend gave that book to me.

C.A. Fox’s post, and Cowman’s reposted sign gave me courage and strength to confidently walk  with God when I left the security of my homeland and followed God’s leading to work and live in Guatemala (1976-1977) and Haiti (1983-1988).

Today, May 14, 2013, I repost C.A. Fox’s faded sign in hopes that it will encourage someone who is taking that first tenuous step in leaving earthly security to step out in faith to follow where God is leading.

And now, with a change of metaphor…

“God’s path is on the sea–just where we would not expect it to be.  So when He leads us by unexpected ways, off the strong, solid land out upon the changing sea, then we may expect to see His ways.  We are with the One who finds a path as He goes.  That is better than having a path ready tracked out, for it makes us perfectly independent of circumstances.”  C.A. Fox

* The Cowmans  founded the Oriental Missionary Society which is now called One Mission Society. Charles Cowman’s vast and productive missionary work in Asia is well documented by all search engines. His wife, Lettie Cowman, (published as Mrs. Charles Cowman) wrote Streams in the Desert, which is a religious classic selling millions of copies.

One thought on “God’s Path

  1. Arlene

    Martha, my parents lives were also impacted greatly by Charles & Lettie Cowman. Dad left the hills of Pa. to become a minister of the gospel. Springs in the Desert and Streams in the Valley were their favorite devotionals. Mine too.
    Your words today encourage me. I feel like since we have left the ministry, through retirement, I’m not doing anything significant for the Lord. After being so fulfilled in this area: I have wondered what God was doing with me/us now. Serving Jesus is a lifelong calling.
    Thanks again for the words of wisdom.

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