It’s great to read whole books but sometimes there are just portions of books that stand out to you as you’re reading. I love this verse from Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.””
So many times in our lives we are at crossroads, places that we must choose which path to take. Sometimes we can see down the path and other times it is hidden from our sight. I’ve stood at many crossroads throughout my life and made some good choices and some choices I’ve learned from. The times that I’ve made conscious choices were the paths that either taught me the most or I appreciated and enjoyed the most.
Something that I hear more frequently of late in spiritual circles and in holistic circles is the suggestion to ask for wisdom. They share about how important it is to ask your body why it hurts, to ask your heart which way is best, and in this case, to ask the paths which one is better for you to take. There is guidance out there that is available to us if we would just stop to seek.
It almost seems too obvious to pass along the words “…walk in it…” I mean, once you know the right way to go, wouldn’t you take it? Although, there are many doubts that enter the mind once a path seems correct. After all we are human and have these built-in option and doubt generators in our minds. Of course even on a “good way” there will be challenges and obstacles to overcome. So don’t think that just because you’ve chosen the right path to travel you’re home free.
But this verse ends with great encouragement. I love how peaceful it sounds to “…find rest for your souls.” That’s all I am looking for at the end of a long day, after challenges and the world have tried to get the better of me all day. It sounds like Jeremiah wrote that phrase with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, perhaps because he knew what it felt like to find rest.
Don’t forget to look for fellow travelers you can share the journey with, then you can find peace and satisfaction together.