This Way!

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.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV 1984)

“This way!” I shouted to my husband, Ray, as we
bicycled in Virginia on vacation. He changed direction and followed my lead as
we took a path that led, according to the sign I saw, toward the Potomac River
bike trail. Soon, however, we found ourselves crossing a high bridge over the Potomac River (not fun at all
with heavy traffic!) and headed toward Washington, DC. Oh dear. My quick glance
at the sign and my overconfidence had placed us on the wrong side of the river
and in the wrong city. Sigh. Ray, ever the gentleman, calmly turned us around
and back we headed across the high bridge and toward the other path … the one
Ray had been on before I shouted … where pleasant river vistas and traffic-free
bicycling awaited us.
Too often, I decide too quickly on a plan of
action. The results are seldom good. Jeremiah 6:16 advises a different
approach. The Lord says to:
Stand at the crossroads and look. I was
riding a bicycle when I passed the all-important sign and did not even slow
down as I glanced at it and made the decision that cost us time and comfort.
Had I stopped at that crossroads instead of racing past it, we could have
avoided our unpleasant detour. It’s the same with my daily decision-making.
When I get up in the morning and hit the day at high speed, I make decisions
that cost time and comfort. I desperately need quiet time with the Lord. I need
to stand still and look deeply into His Word before I make the day’s decisions.
Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way
is.
During my quiet time, I also need to pray as I read the Word and ASK God. He knows the best paths. He
created us and from the beginning set out for us the right ways to live. Many
decisions about how to spend my day crowd my mind during the morning hours.
There are always more things to do than there are hours in the day! The key is
to ask the Lord for His “good way” for that day … where does He want me to begin? What are His priorities for me? Even when I don’t
have all the answers, the very act of asking reminds me that it is God who is
in charge of the day—and not me.

Walk in it. Learning His principles from
the Word and hearing His commands about how to live are not enough. I need to
“walk in it.” Ray and I had to turn our bikes around in order to get back to
that good path. Sometimes, during my quiet times, I am redirected by my loving
Father in the way I should go. Maybe I need to tell someone I’m sorry for a
sharp retort. Maybe I need to call a friend He placed on my heart. Whatever I
learn needs to be walked out.
You will find rest for your souls. The rest
for our souls comes when we stand still and listen at the crossroads. One of
our primary goals this school year is to encourage the practice of a daily
quiet time. Meeting with the Lord each morning is the best antidote to the
rushed decision-making that too often can run our lives. Standing at the
crossroads each day, asking the Lord for the “good way” is the best way to live with eternity in view.
Here’s to GREAT quiet times this fall for each of
us!
You are loved,
Sharon Gamble, Moms in Prayer USA National Director, resides in Dover, New Hampshire, and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Ray, since 1979. She has two wonderful daughters, two great sons-in-law and three precious grandsons. She loves biking with Ray, walking in all kinds of weather and curling up with a good book by her fireplace.

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