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..." Jer 6:16 NIV
A year ago today was the last time I attended my former church of nearly 10 years as an active member. Ironically enough, this weekend as I sat reflecting during some quiet time at a retreat with my new church, I came across the above verse through a cross-reference in my bible. I'd forgotten about this verse and how it was a confirmation to me that day in September 2006, the day after I had decided in my mind it was time to let go and let God lead me to another church home. I was definitely at a crossroads then, yearning for rest in my soul. That summer of 2006, I spent many hours standing at the crossroads looking and asking where was the good way. In my prayers I had been asking for the "old paths", longing for the way things used to be with church so that I could find rest for my soul. I cannot express to you adequately how I felt then, to have found Jer 6:16 from some weekly CBS bible study homework. It was indeed to me, one of many confirmations in my life that God was directing me to another path.
A lot of things have transpired in my life during this past year. I've learned a lot about myself and a lot about God. I've learned through coaching how to be identified by the strengths God has given me rather than by the roles that I play. I'm learning how to slow down and walk with, not run ahead of God. And I'm learning the benefits of standing and looking at the intersection of opportunities in my life and waiting for God to reveal His direction for me.
I think I've found rest. At least I have it when I stay in the moment and cease trying to figure out how the many opportunities I have in my life right now will work themselves all for the glory of God. I want to help God out, you know.
What do you do when you are at a crossroads in your life's journey? Stop and be still. Feel the wind in your face, smell the fragrance of life around you and look and listen for God's direction. Ask Him for it. He will give to you. I know. He did it for me.
Wishing you joy in your journey,