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.