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The Great Life (3 of 8)
Series: Family Classics
Introduction: Several years ago, Rose and I drove the Alaskan Highway. The US Army originally cut the famous road through the Canadian wilderness in 1942. Their goal: to create a land route to Alaska in case the Japanese invaded the territory. The Al-Can begins in Dawson Creek, BC and ends in the interior of Alaska near Fairbanks. In the process, narrow two-lane road traverses some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.
The engineers who carved the first highway across the tundra weren't concerned about creature comforts. They just needed a road for military supply trucks. But civilians soon followed. The early adventures that drove the highway had to be a hardy lot. Settlers along the route total horror stories of the good old days. Thirty years ago, driving the highway meant 1500 miles of gravel, steep grades, winding mountain roads, and when it rained muddy water crossings. Most drivers took several spare tires and headlights. The better prepared built wire cages over their windshields to defend against the flying rocks kicked up by trucks.
We benefited from fifty years of improvements by the time we made the drive. The curves had been straightened, wide bridges constructed, and steeps grades leveled to a more manageable size. It didn't make the drive any shorter. It was still wilderness. It wasn't for the faint of heart. But it was nothing like it once was.
That's the picture of our text. "He will make your paths straight," verse six promises. It is not talking about highway construction but life construction. Wrapped up in these verses is tried and true guidance on how to make yours a smoother and straighter path in life. It isn't promising a life without bumps and potholes. It won't eliminate all the rough spots and scary turns. But it will be better by far than any alternative. Like the Alaskan Highway, your life still may be a lo ...
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