“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
I read this first verse in 1 Corinthians earlier this week and really wanted to write something about it, but couldn’t really ever find the right words. Then I wanted to write a little bit about how wonderful my little escape was for my soul, and I couldn’t find the words. It’s amazing how quickly they come when I get quiet. I think I’ve posted about that before. Why do I forget so easily?
I was talking to a friend last night about how nice it sometimes it just to be alone and be quiet. I basically just said, you know, I live alone. When I want alone time, I just go home. What I didn’t realize, though, is how much I needed to get away. I needed to go where the only responsibility was to get up the next morning. I didn’t have any dishes to wash, any laundry piling up in my hamper or yard to neglect mowing. I was free to do whatever I wanted. No responsibilities for just a few short hours. Man, that was good. Good rest for my soul.
I hate to imagine how often I go looking for rest in the wrong places. The times that I just need to get quiet, I move towards the noise. The times I need fellowship, I run away from the crowd. I’ve ended up going down the paths that I choose and end up in the places that I don’t want to be, the places that end in hurt and pain. My heart hardens again because I insist on finding my own way.
When will I learn?
Will I ever get it right?
Then there have been the times that I’ve given up trying to do it myself…and He gives me rest. He gives me the exact thing I need, whether it’s rest or whether is good company or whatever the case may be.
The fact of the matter is, is that when I choose the good way, His path, I have rest. And it is good.
It’s not good because it’s what I need, although that is pretty awesome.
It’s good because I rest in Him.
I put my trust and my faith and finally realize, once again, that His way is the only way that I can really live. He’s come to give us life. He’s come to give us a good life. I didn’t say an easy life, but a good life.
Let’s face it. Losing our path for His is the only way to live.
Lord, help me to never forget that.
There’s a song I’ve been listening to a lot lately called I Want To Get Lost by Sanctus Real. It’s pretty incredible if you’ll listen to it.
“Well I found my way to trouble
I found my way to pain
Oh but I’m so tired of trying
To find my own way
So I wanna get lost
I wanna get lost in Your arms
I wanna get lost
And lose my way into Your heart
‘Cause there’s so many voices
Telling me how to get lost in this life
So right now I wanna get lost in You
Before I lose myself” ~ Sanctus Real