by Candy Arrington @CandyArrington
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.” Jeremiah 6:16 NLT
Years ago, my husband and I enjoyed a trip to Scotland. Planning took months—flights, lodging, and itinerary. We flew to England, rode the train to Edinburgh, rented a car, learned to drive on the wrong side of the road, and traveled up through the highlands. We saw lochs, stone castles, ruins, and the remains of ancient roads. We heard the history of battles and conquests and royalty.
I made reservations ahead of time at inns along the way, breaking the trip into what seemed like manageable chunks of driving time. But when we got to the western isles, everything took longer than expected. We had to make a ferry crossing, but the schedule was different from what was posted on online. We lost precious hours of daylight waiting for the next ferry.
Once on the other side, the road was literally a rutted cow track. We bounced and jostled through fields and over hills, often pulling aside to let other vehicles pass on the narrow lane. At one point, I was almost in tears. It felt like we were hopelessly lost. I begged my husband to turn back, but he said we’d gone too far to give up.
Eventually, we found a phone box and called the inn where we had reservations. The innkeeper assured us we were on the correct road even though we still had hours of driving time remaining. It was comforting to know we were traveling in the right direction.
Night descended, and at last, a light glowed in the distance. When we finally reached our destination, exhausted and weary, the innkeeper greeted us warmly. Rest was sweet.
The next morning, we woke to the sounds of bells and looked out to see cows grazing in the front yard. After breakfast, we climbed into the car again and drove to the tip of the island, the farthest western point in Great Britain. The spectacular view across the ocean was like nothing we’d ever seen, making the arduous trip worth it.
We are all pilgrims on the journey of life, and often stand at intersecting paths and wonder which direction to take. Sometimes we embark on a project or task and find it full of obstacles. Then we’re faced with the decision of whether to give up or continue. Other times, the road is smooth, but insight reveals we’re headed in the wrong direction. No matter what type of fork in the road we face, the words of Jeremiah 6:16 apply—stop, ask the Lord for direction, walk in the good way, and rest secure in your decision.
Often life circumstances cause us to face crossroads with confusion. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions and seek counsel from those who have answers. Look to God for wisdom, through prayer and scripture, and make the best decision about which direction to take based on direction from the Holy Spirit. When you seek God’s guidance, you can rest in the knowledge that you haven’t made the decisions in your own strength and reasoning. Comfort comes in knowing God is guiding, especially when the journey is arduous and filled with twists and turns.
About the author: Candy Arrington has written hundreds of articles and devotionals, often on tough topics. Her books include AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H) and When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life (Harvest House). Candy is a native South Carolinian, who gains writing inspiration from historic architecture, vintage photographs, nature, and the application of Biblical principles to everyday life. Learn more about Candy at www.CandyArrington.com, where you can also read her blog, Forward Motion: Moving Beyond What Holds You Back.
Candy’s book, When Your Aging Parent Needs Care, is a help to those who face the special effort of caring for a parent. It provides support and direction to enable the caregiver to be spiritually, physically, and emotionally prepared for the day to day challenges they face.
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