Anyone familiar with Psalm 23 will recognize this phrase right away. It's one that has stuck with me particularly through the past difficult year.
If you're not familiar with it, here is the entirety of the chapter in the King James Version:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
There have been many, many times in the past year, and the years prior, when I felt especially directionless--anchored in my faith in the Lord, but not knowing the next step to take.
This phrase, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness, has been a guiding light through those dark and uncertain times. The tenor of the entire chapter and the calm of those specific words remind me to trust in the Lord.
He most certainly will lead me in the paths of righteousness, even if I can't see the next step just yet.
And if he's leading me, then he's the one who knows what is ahead, and I can follow with confidence.
I'll leave you with a recent picture I took of the winding Missessinewa River in Miami County here in Indiana. I stopped along the bridge on a cold, snowy day to enjoy the river for a moment. No eagles presented during my short visit, but this is one spot they like to be this time of year.