I love to read. From an early age I was addicted to books. I read in the car on the way to and from school, read at the lunch table when I started to work, and can go way into the wee hours of the morning with my beloved Kindle. I loved to write just as much as I loved to read and so am happy that I have been able to find a great way to marry these two skills. How? By sharing not only my experiences but also thoughts on great books I have read or am currently reading. Which brings me back to “God’s Purpose for Every Woman” (you can click to purchase on my Inspirational Reads page) because really, it’s an excellent book which has me doing some serious thinking about my life.
In a chapter I read over the weekend entitled “Crossroads” I came across this verse (taken from Jeremiah 6:16):
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.’
The author related this verse to her life by giving an example of how she got lost one day because she refused to read a map. As a result it took her two hours longer to get home than originally planned. Well I usually get lost even after I read a map, but I was sure God was speaking directly to me. How many times had I asked Him to “show me the way Lord, just show me the way; I am so lost I don’t know which way is up but here I am so can you help me out?” And then again, how many times had I said (after making that plea: “Well you know what? I am not walking that road because it’s going to take me way too long to get me to where I want to be; I’m a short cut girl who hates traffic and my way seems to be much better.”
In looking back over some of my decisions, I had to admit that I had asked for the good way but willingly walked the bad way while wondering why my soul was so tortured and anxious. To bring it closer to home it’s like buying a new piece of exercise equipment, trying to set it up without reading the instructions and then getting upset when it doesn’t quite work how it’s supposed to.
Maybe you can’t relate but to those of you who can, let’s see if we can work harder at standing and taking a hard look at our crossroads. Then let’s ask for the ancient paths and where the good way is before more importantly walking it. The verse promises that if we do this we will find rest for our souls so it’s worth a try. What do we have to lose – except our peace of mind? Join me as I stand at my crossroad and let us help each other in finding the good way so that we can walk in it – together.
Verse for Reflection
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:1-3 (KJV)