The roadrunner is in the cuckoo family but he doesn’t say, “cuckoo” or “beep beep.” This long-legged bird is built for speed and can even outrun humans! The roadrunner is believed to have special powers to make the listener feel tired when hearing his call! Some Indian tribes believe he can protect against evil spirits. Their distinctive “X” tracks supposedly confuse the spirits as to which direction they are taking! I wonder if the roadrunner is himself confused when seeing his own tracks?
Today’s verse acknowledges that the Lord directs the steps of those who belong to Him. But often, the one directed has no idea of His direction! The question expresses what is often felt: How can anyone understand their own way? It often is puzzling. We do not have the same vantage point and we can never understand it all. We are told in any case not to lean on our own understanding but to acknowledge Him so that He can direct us (Prov. 3:5-6).
Because I cannot see what lies ahead, I need to trust the One who is already there and knows the way. If I were to wait until I understood the reasons behind every directive, I would be at a standstill and make no progress! But I can be confident of my direction even without full understanding. That is because I trust Him. His eyes are always on me and the twists and turns are not random. He has a loving purpose for me in every change of course. And His direction is always towards a more loving relationship with Himself!
Lord, help me to trust You completely!