you come to a place in your life or a relationship
where you can no longer continue?
Has the road
come to an end?
Are you frightened?
Even though the way has been difficult and painful
for a long while,
do you look behind and find
yourself wanting to turn and go back
that same way
again? Back to the security of what has been.....
Fear of the
unknown is probably the most common universal fear.
FEAR! It can cripple us. Turn us to stone.
and confusion, which I had so foolishly allowed
to sink its' roots of fear and doubt within my
where they ruled mercilessly over me
pushing me, pulling me....
bewildered, again and
again and again....
to a crossroad
at which Christ was
waiting to lead me....
I failed to look up.
I just kept going in circles and ending up there,
knowing I was to move on, yet continuing in my own
Trying ever harder to understand and choose
had only to follow.....
Look to Him and just `follow'.
Until this last experience of finding myself doing
I would have thought, and claimed that I had
away from such childish, inappropriate independence.
Yet once again.....
are invariably Jehovah-Gods' announcements
that He wants to
take us into a new direction.
We arrive at one
because God has chosen
to meet or call us to that
time and place.
Whether we arrive on time, or late,
He is there waiting patiently.
Jehovah has drawn us there by His will,
or we come to the
junction in our own time,
tardy because we have not
But whenever the moment comes,
a special time and place where Jehovah knows our need
before we do
and waits there to guide His child by
the quiet voice of His Spirit
speaking to ours in
direct counsel within our spirit.
Path' is met by other paths that confuse us
face the dilemma of choosing which ONE is the
we have only to "Be still"
and know that He is Jehovah. He is good.
He has promised
to be with us always.
He wants to shepherd us.
will not force us with rope or chain about our neck.
He wants us to follow. We have only to "Lift
our eyes up" and follow.
youth, we often just sprint on down whichever one
looks right or inviting.
As we mature (if we choose
our experiences teach us that most
and foundation of all future wisdom
There is only ONE `best' way and time.
has already chosen it.
Even when we
come to know there is only one right way,
we try first to see if we can find it ourselves.
foolish of us! Why would He meet us there if we
didn't need Him?
I have found that the crossroad
always comes enveloped in a misty darkness......
Therein, despair lies waiting to waylay you at this
most vulnerable time.
It's ambush seeks to ensnare
you in its' false and foolish counsel
of looking at where you
have been and what may lay just ahead.
is good counsel for our daily walk
that we might
closely examine how we use our days
and what good we
may bring to ourselves and others
in our choices of
how we invest ourselves and our time......
at our crossroads because
He knows how dark it is
there and how much we need Him.
He remembers the
garden hours of Gethsemane
and the loneliness of
spirit at finding His companions asleep
when He'd even asked them to be there for Him.
in its' cloak of despair,
aims to invade and occupy
Uncertainty follows, and has you
squinting your eyes in desperation,
trying to see
far enough down the roads that lie before you
catch a glimpse of the horizon that is
clear to you no matter how long or carefully you
strain to see.
If this demon can influence and fill
with our own voice protesting the darkness,
still, small voice of Jehovah will go unheard.
You might then stand still awhile,
so overwhelmed by fears' loud
and clever distraction within you
that you do
nothing at all.
Doing nothing at all is when we
begin to harden in our hearts
and become statues.
are always four directions at the crossroad places.
down the apparently safe, familiar way from which
because after all, you survived it and
arrived where you now stand.
#3) There is
also a very short, inviting path
where you are invited to rest
and sleep if you will.
Stay as long as you like here.
Why hurry along on your way,
so weary and footsore
in the effort.
Where are you going, anyway?
Isn't this a nice
place, after all?"
So reads the
as it points the way to this
roads' destination known as
#4) And then....
there is the way that Satan would most have you
though the other two do just as well in
accomplishing his infernal purpose in diverting you from the
At the end of
this road, and the other two,
lies eternal darkness
and the end of all hope.
Once you reach the end of
any of these other roads of choice,
no turning back.
If at any time
before you reach its' end, you turn back,
will be hard and fraught with dangers and despair
until you may succumb to futilities' exhortation.
give up the hope that you can return at all to
crossroad again and find Christ waiting for you.
He will be there. He will always be there.
That was His
promise and the Spirit will remind us....
wherever we go, He will be
right there within reach
of our outstretched hand.
He will never
forsake us, even unto the end.
I ask you.....
What more could we need?
Do we want or expect Him to create
another Eden here on earth?
Or, is it enough that
He abides with us in the Spirit here
accompany us to the home He has already prepared for
to occupy with Him for all of Eternity! ?
question is TRUST.
Whom will you trust... Jehovah God?
materials © Nina Roberta Baker