Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 (NKJV)

Hiking the Appalachian Trail is one of North America’s most exciting adventures. The trail offers breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and a chance to experience the peace and solitude of nature.

Since 1984, the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC), a group of volunteers and fellow hikers, has maintained the trail. These people work all year to keep it free of debris and dangerous obstructions. However, the the ATC is not responsible for unauthorized footpaths leading to or from the trail. If you want to enjoy the trail, ATC volunteers will tell you to practice safety and purchase official Appalachian Trail maps. Following unmarked trails can be disastrous.

A sad fact is that many of us do this very thing in life. We purchase fraudulent maps and take unmarked routes that lead us far from God’s plan. Instead of reaping a reward of peace and safety, we stumble into dangerous ravines.

However, it’s never too late to begin again with God. If you think you have taken the wrong trail, ask God to show you the way. Commit yourself to following His map from this point on, and He will lead you along a safe, sure path.

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