King's Crossroads

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.” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)

When the four of us were young our father used to lead us on long walks through the woods backing up to our house. Despite having no noticeable landmarks to go by he would somehow bring us out of the woods at the place of our beginnings.

Once during a private conversation with him years later when I was as gray as he was, I asked him how he managed to keep us from getting lost. He laughed and confessed that there was an occasion when he went into woods alone and got turned around, finally making his way out on a ridge on the highway aptly named King’s Crossroads, a good two miles from home and had to make the long exhausting hike back on foot.

It isn’t unusual for even the most seasoned Christians to find themselves in a spiritual quagmire, not unlike my father’s physical one. They realize they have lost their bearings and without God’s markers to guide them home, they can end up going very far astray. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on our own, sometimes confused, sense of direction when we have God to chart our course.

When we find ourselves lost and floundering, God’s help can be as simple as the lyrics of a beloved hymn that suddenly spring to mind or the spontaneous touch of a friend or family member that serves to ground us. Our thoughts and actions intersect with those of others for a purpose. They can be God’s understated way of signaling a needed course correction. He doesn’t have to grandstand to get our attention. The key is to pause and allow him to quiet the turmoil in our minds. He will then fill the void with his calm reassurance and guide us home.

Dear Lord, Help we your people to follow our spiritual compass when we go astray. Amen

Carol (NC)