This is the Day…Friday
June 11, 2021
“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. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (Jeremiah 6:16)
The fall of 1978 was an exciting time in my life. I had graduated from Ashbrook High School the previous spring. I had endured a summer of working to earn extra spending money for college. And now I was on my way to Appalachian State University to begin my college career. As I drove up the mountain toward Boone, I was not thinking much about why I was going to college or what I hoped to achieve. All I knew was, I was going to college. It was the next natural step. It was what some of my older brothers had done before me. It was the family expectation.
With the exception of the knee-deep snow and bitter cold mornings, I enjoyed my first year at Appalachian. I had made many new friends and enjoyed the schoolwork. But as the first year was coming to a close, I began to question my motives. What am I doing here? What do I hope to achieve? What am I going to make of myself? Should I be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a short-order cook? (One of my dream jobs) My direction was very unclear. I was stuck at a crossroads with no clue of which direction I should go.
There are times when each of us comes to a crossroads in life. It is a pivotal point where the choice of direction may change the course of life forever. Often when we find ourselves at such a crossroads, we think back to how we may have handled such a situation in the past. We consider those who came before us that faced similar crossroads. Sometimes we can learn from the path they chose. Our deepest desire is to make the correct decision, to walk in the good way. But often our judgment is clouded. Our vision can be obscured by our personal self-interests. Often our pride guides us down the wrong path and the results can be tragic. Though I had to swallow my pride, I did not return to Appalachian the following year. But as I stood at that crossroads, I learned that sometimes the best choice is to wait and ask.
We can face crossroads when considering our educational goals, our future vocation, and health decisions. Even the house we choose to buy or the number of children we choose to have can take us to a crossroads in life. Crossroads can be scary. They are a critical juncture in life. They should never be taken lightly.
What crossroads are you facing today? If the choice is unclear, then stand and look. Wait on God and ask for guidance to the good way that will give you peace and rest. Allow God to build and strengthen you as you make that choice, together.