There is a way which seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
Marie Curie was a highly acclaimed physicist and chemist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first woman to win a Nobel prize, she is famous for developing and proving the theory of radioactivity.
Unfortunately, the damaging effects of radiation were not yet known, and long term exposure led to Dr. Curie’s premature death.
She was poisoned by her passion.
History is replete with examples of activities that seemed relatively harmless–at the time–but later turned out to be deadly. The health risks of smoking comes to mind.
So how does one know, in the present moment, what passions to pursue or avoid?
Perhaps wise king Solomon, of ancient Israel, provides the answer in one of his many proverbs.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
In reality, the whole universe is a minefield; one wrong step at any point could leave us maimed or dead. Think for a moment. Just how much of what happens on Earth is actually under our direct control?
We have weather forecasters, not “sure”castors.
Sadly, so many of life’s questions end with the same human answer: I don’t know.
But God does.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit. (Psalm 147:5 NIV)
I seek today to trust my creator as much as that long-suffering guy in the Bible named Job.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)