Have you ever seen a land mine?  They are explosive devices usually concealed under or on the ground.  They were designed to destroy or dismember their targets as they step on or near them.  They are typically activated by pressure, such as someone stepping on them. They were used in war and were very effective in killing or severely injuring their target.  The down side of the use of land mines is they remain in the field long after the conflict is over, making them dangerous for those living in the country.
The Ottawa Treaty was established by the United Nations and is a treaty agreeing to clear all land mines and destroy any stockpile of mines.  All but 36 states in the United Nations has signed the treaty.  
Navigating a field where land mines are present is difficult if not impossible.  Many times life may feel the same way.  You see others going one way and it leads to hurt and destruction, so you’re left to wonder which way you should go. 
Fortunately, God has made a way for us to navigate through our day safely.  Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  The Word of God is alive and active and it can guide our every step leading the way for us, if we are willing to follow it.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  When we spend time in the Word of God regularly, we gain the coordinates for land mines and are able to walk through life without getting blown to smithereens.  Every day is like entering a new mine field, so we must take time to equip ourselves to maneuver it through the study of God’s Word.
Have you stepped in some places you shouldn’t?  Do you feel like you’re lucky to be alive as a result of walking through life blind?  It doesn’t have to be a crap shoot.  Jeremiah 16:6a says, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’” God is ready, able and willing to guide your steps and direct your path, but you must be willing to trust Him [Proverbs 3:5-6]. Take a moment this morning to consult the One who can guide you safely through.