Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Our Crossroads Moment

A new year begins to unfold.  A defining crossroads moment is ours.  We have limited time, and a multitude of decisions, large and small, demand our attention.  Many people want yet another piece of us, and a myriad of things drain our already waning energy.

Meanwhile, the Lover of our soul beckons.  Quietly, yet persistently.  His agenda is not to send us on a guilt trip.  But to woo us from the bounty of His deeply compassionate love.

What might He have for you around the corner?  What opportunities await your inspection?  What relationships are waiting to be formed?  What healing does He have ordained for you? What miracles just might take place?

It's hard to know what God has in mind, and often difficult to discern His will, if we're not choosing to be in a place of silence, of solitude on a regular basis.  Because it's in the quietness of those sacred moments where He often chooses to speak truths that we desperately need to hear.  Where He touches the deep neediness that's crying out from within our bruised souls.  Where He whispers sparkling gems of much-needed wisdom.  And where He clearly leads to opening doors that we were much too preoccupied to even notice.

"I am preparing you for what is on the road ahead, just around the bend.  Take time to be still in my Presence so that I can strengthen you.  The busier you become, the more you need this time apart with Me.  So many people think that time spent with Me is a luxury they cannot afford.  As a result, they live and work in their own strength - until that becomes depleted.  Then they either cry out to Me for help or turn away in bitterness.

How much better it is to walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation.  If you live in this way, you will do less but accomplish more.  Your unhurried pace of living will stand out in this rush-crazed age.  Some people may deem you lazy, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness.  Walk in the Light with Me, and you will reflect Me to the watching world."
- Sarah Young, in JESUS CALLING

What better time than the fresh, crisp beginning of a new year to choose to invest some of your best energy and focus on the One who longs to guide and heal and surprise and delight?

Most of our resolutions and goals are shallow and small, and will have little if any meaning in light of eternity.  But making the continued choice to sit quietly with the Lover of your soul on a very regular basis will, most likely, be one of the most powerful decisions you make as you launch into a new year.  The dividends of this investment far outweigh any other use of your valuable time.

My prayer is that none of us will venture a single step without His warm companionship and loving guidance.

“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.”
- Jeremiah 6:16
- photo by fly flipper -


  1. Profound and timely message, perfectly stated. Good job, Linda!

  2. God's invitation to us is always profound, timely, and ... when all is said and done, what we're really craving.

    Good to hear from you, Sheila! I enjoy checking out your blog!

  3. Seeking rest and comfort this afternoon, restored focus...

    This piece, again, helped me find them. Thanks for the gentle reminders. So glad I can come here.


    1. And I am grateful that you are finding food here that nourishes your soul.


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