"This is what the Lord says: 'Stop at the crossroads..."
I don't think I realized just how much I would need this finding rest series when I first started it at the beginning of the month. When I first learned about the 31 day writing challenge, I decided to join in mainly to get myself in the habit of writing daily. Although that may or may not continue after this month is over, I want to write or create something at least every day...even if it's something small. Yet, so far, this journey of finding rest has led me to open my Bible more. And if I get nothing else out of this, that is worth it all and more.
I've realized that the journey to finding rest is just that, a journey. Some days it seems long, like the rest stop is still many miles away. Then there are days where I seem to hit every rest stop just when I need it. I came across this verse in Jeremiah yesterday and it stopped me on my journey, because I finally heard what the Lord is asking me to do. And I saw what my stubborn, disobedient reply has been.
"This is what the Lord says: 'Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’'"
This passage comes when Jerusalem is under siege and that is where Benjamin and his tribe were wanting to head. Instead, the Lord was leading them to a different place, away from Jerusalem. The Lord is clearly giving them directions of where to travel and how to travel, but He says that their reply is, "No, that's not the road we want!" Other versions say, "But you said, 'We will not walk in it." I'm shocked at their reply, but only for a minute, because I realize that is my same reply on most days.
How stubborn and defiant I am to the Lord when He tells me the right way to go! I want my reply to be the opposite of Benjamin and his tribe! I want to follow the advice of the Lord because doing that is what leads me to finding rest for my soul! I must do what the Lord says and first He says to, "stop at the crossroads."
Which is actually my normal reaction when I find myself at crossroads. Whether I'm hiking and walk up on it or driving and come up on it, I first, stop at the crossroad.
Each direction holds a new path. Even if I turn around to go back the way that I came, the road may not look the same as I remember it.
Because now that I'm stopped, I have a decision to make, but first, I must...
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