"This is what the LORD says: "Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jer. 6:16 NLT)
was a young father and Autumn would spread her colorful carpet across
the hills and mountains of my home, I would often load my kids into the
car and embark on a Fall foliage tour. We would take the back roads and
look at the leaves shining in the sunlight. There would be glittering
golds, blazing reds, and outrageous oranges, sometimes all on the same
tree. We would drive and stop and look and be in awe of the beauty of
this world and the glory of God's creation.
I remember one time
driving a long way down a back road I was unfamiliar with. At one point
I came to a crossroads. Down one lane the road was still paved and
looked in good condition. The other road, however, was gravel and didn't
look quite so good. Ignoring my better instincts I decided to take a
chance and go down the gravel road. It didn't take long to realize that
I had made a big mistake. The road was full of pot holes and rocks that
dragged under my car. I almost got stuck in the mud once and the road
seemed to worsen as I went along.
Finally, I stopped the car and
looked around. There was no going forward and no place to turn so I
decided to put the car in reverse and drive a mile and a half backwards
until I reached the safety of the crossroads again.
wasn't the only time in my life when I reached a crossroads and took the
wrong way. I have done so more times than I can count. Thankfully, each
time with God's guidance I realized my mistake and put my life in
reverse until I was on the right road again.
once wrote: "Crossroads call for choice, and the choices we make will
change the pattern of our lives." There is no shame, though, in changing
your choice if you see you are on the wrong road. There is no guilt in
reversing your life to make things right. God loves us, guides us, and
forgives our mistakes. Choose wisely then. Let God guide your days.
Make your choices with love. And correct your mistakes when you need
too. Then all of your changes will lead you to joy and the pattern of
your life will become as beautiful as a forest in the Fall.
Joseph J. Mazzella