I grew up in western South Dakota 5 miles out of town in the mountains. Now before you think my family wore coon-skinned hats and made moonshine in a rusted car in our backyard, I assure you we had running water and “Pa” didn’t have to go catch our food every morning.
There were frustrating parts about living in South Dakota and being a little less connected to the world in some ways though. For crying out loud, I heard that Back To The Future III just got to theatres there, but that’s for another blog. But some of the best stuff about living there was the outdoors and especially the hiking.
Now, I’m not an intense hiker, but I do enjoy trail hiking. Hiking is not just a walk in the park because it requires decisions to be made along the way. Do I go left on this trailhead or do I go right down this worn path? Should I turn around and go back or should I push ahead a little further? The decision you make will dictate the destination you arrive at and the journey you will take to get there.
It doesn’t take a theologian to realize we do this same thing everyday. We come to points in our life that decisions need to be made and we must make them. The result of those decisions will ultimately determine the journey we will take and the destination where we will arrive.
I’m not immune. I have decisions to make every day too, but I like to have details about my choices so I can make an informed decision. Very rarely do I pick up the “decision dart” and blindly throw it at the board hoping I hit the “right choice” bulls eye. Through study and research I make educated decisions as often as I can.
God calls us to do this too. In the Bible, God speaks to the people of Israel through His prophet Jeremiah after they had strayed from the path of Truth. They chose the wrong path and in Jeremiah God tries to give them a way to get back on the right one.
“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
God is telling Israel, and us, to choose the “good way” by following God’s Word and looking at all the “ancient paths” of the Godly lives of those lived before us to direct where we should go.
You may be facing a crossroads right now. “Should I come to church?” “How do I kick this addiction?” “How do I save my marriage?” “What is the purpose of my life?”
All of these can be answered if you and I objectively look at the crossroads presented to us, determine where each path will lead, ask for God’s direction, and then choose the “good way” even if it looks a little harder.
I choose to do this not just because I’m a tad bit O-C-D, but because I want to listen to the voice of G-O-D in my life. I do this by following His Word and choosing wisely when at a crossroads.