“Life is messy, clean it up!” sang an old tv jingle. Reality is just not that easy. We take a step or two in a direction and then realize, “Uh oh, I don’t want to go this way after all.” At that point, we have to backtrack or risk a leap to a take a new tack in life.
As Christians, all along the Way, we have God’s word to compare ourselves to and the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth and remind us of what He has said, John 16:13. When we walk His way, then we have those level paths for our feet, Hebrews 12:13.