It looks like a giant hamster ball! In fact that is one name for the extreme sport of zorbing. The idea is to roll down a hill, enjoying the sensation while being protected. This plastic ball is actually two balls, one inside the other. The “zorber” rolls head over heels being strapped in (or not) and sloshes around when water is added. More control is possible the more level the ground is.
Today’s verse describes a path that is level and smooth. It is not that way as a result of our own efforts. It is level and smooth because of what the Lord does for the righteous. Without His intervention, life is full of ups and downs and unwelcome jolts to our progress. On our own, the path we take not only becomes rough and uncomfortable but also takes us in the wrong direction! (Isaiah 53:6). But in living out the righteousness that He gives us through Jesus Christ, we can have a totally different ride!
I wish this verse meant that there would never be any problems for the believer. The Lord affirmed that there will be trouble in this world (John 16:33). But in choosing to follow His Word, we at least avoid additional and unnecessary problems of our own making. Sin complicates a life and disobedience and rebellion make for a very bumpy ride. Thankfully, in His grace the Lord will sometimes smooth over even those rough patches. When He allows the jolts, He brings us through with new dependence on Him.
Lord, I need You to smooth out what looks like rough road ahead. Thank you that I can trust You.