From a personal post I shared July 27, 2019

When I was praying, The Holy Spirit showed me a vision of people hopelessly lost in a forest for days. A forest ranger came across them and told them “follow me” – I know the way through, but it’s difficult. They said, “No,we can’t do it.” They died.
=== End of vision ===

As I’ve pondered this the Lord told me this:

The people are those in dire circumstances – not physical but mental/emotional/spiritual/relational. The forest represents the world – difficulties, worldliness, woundedness, addictions, broken relationships. The ranger is God. God came to them, not the other way around. God offered to lead them. At first they were encouraged, but when the Ranger told them it wouldn’t be easy they grew fearful and pride took over. They wanted an easier path. They chose to follow their worldly instincts and died.

God is teaching us not to reject His wisdom. The Holy Bible is the written map of the forest. The spoken Word is preaching and teaching. Both are required. They are God’s training rooms of instruction to navigate victoriously through the world.

There are no shortcuts – no easy or better ways known to man. God’s ways are not our ways. It’s not à la carte. He is the vine, we are the branches. He is the General, we are the soldiers. God’s Army is orderly. Do your part. Follow it. Be in the Bible. Be in the classrooms of instruction with God’s Army. Be humble with gladness of heart. God’s training is perfect and good. Jesus washed feet. Jesus obeyed God. Follow Jesus. Forests without rangers are dangerous. The best life in this world is in following God’s commands regardless of what others are doing.