There’s a road near our home here in France that has significance for us. Actually, it’s an intersection on this road. A crossroads.
About five years ago we decided to ride our bicycles on one of France’s many designated and well marked bike paths, #29. The path isn’t near to where we were staying that summer but we had an opportunity to house-sit further north so we took advantage of new areas to explore. As we continued on path #29, we came to this significant particular crossroads. The signage pointed to the left to continue on the designated route. But we saw a road sign pointing straight, towards a village just a few kilometers away and decided to change course.
Because of that decision, we encountered an acquaintance standing in her front yard. After a quick chat, she mentioned a home for sale nearby and although we weren’t particularly in the market to buy, we took a look, fell in love, and the rest is history. Even five years later when I drive through that crossroads, I think about how our lives changed and how blessed we have been to live in France.
But, how we even arrived to that point five years ago and to this incredible opportunity was really a series of crossroads over many years. A chance meeting of new friends in a busy anchorage in the southern Caribbean. A passing conversation years later with these friends encouraged us to contact Wyn and her husband here in France while we were on vacation 15 years ago.
In all of the crossroads in my life, I’ve seen God’s hand at work. This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves.’ (Jeremiah 6:16 God’s Word Translation)
And also from Jeremiah, …I will make them walk by the streams of waters, on a straight path in which they will not stumble… (Jeremiah 31:19)
Although there were times when I doubted myself and the Lord and I took the wrong path, He was faithfully there, ready to guide me to His path when my heart was open to His leading. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a well known verse to us all, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Every day we meet crossroads. Crossroads mean you have to make a decision. Which road will you take? There’s the decision between the busyness of chores or prayer, putting others first or making our own needs a priority, saying a word of criticism or giving one of hope, choosing doubt or faith, living for ourselves or for Christ. And we all sometimes make the wrong choice. But… waiting there is Jesus. Waiting for us to open our hearts and make a decision for Him.
Make me know your ways, O Lord; Teach me your paths. (Psalm 25:4)