"What are you talking about? Look at the path, it's right here in front of me?" I said.
To which he replied, "Look up, you're missing all the trail markers...they mark the path and it turns and goes over there," pointing in the opposite direction I was headed.
We both laughed but then it occurred to me that had I been out hiking with someone who didn't know that, I would have very confidently lost them in the middle of hundreds of acres of forest. I have a friend whose father is a ranger, and they get calls from time to time from frightened, inexperienced hikers who have lost their way. The markers along the trail are painted onto trees and rocks and are in plain sight, but I wasn't looking for them. My head was down watching each step and rock and occasionally looking up to admire the view.
Great peace have those who love your law;