When Our Road Diverges

“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us* while he was talking to us on the road… That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem.” Luke 24.32-33a NRSV

Some time ago, I spent over an hour with someone who had come to a crossroads. She had to go, she had no choice, but didn’t know where. Her road diverged, but should she go north or west?
It is good to wait on the Lord. We should gather as much information as we can and seek the wise council of friends. But some times we can’t wait. Time is up.
There are moments in our life we must step out in faith and trust God to direct our paths. Ray Bradbury is credited with saying, “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”
These are frightening and exhilarating times when we learn our destination only as we move. We trust God that if we make an honest mistake, God will correct it further down the road. This is not the same thing as asking God to bless our plans when we have not consulted, considered and prayed first.
If we will acknowledge Him in our plans, God will direct us even if it means a 180-degree turn. Like Abraham, we will not know exactly where we are going or what we are to do when we get there. But we can be sure of the Who is going with us.

Lord, today I have to move. I’m not sure I want to and can’t see how this all plays out. Glad we’re together in this together.

By Michael Sanders