So - Day Two... In Autumn, one of my very favorite things to do is to go on a drive with My Honey... up to the mountains where we can see the trees changing almost right before our very eyes!
(Reason #2:) A nice long, winding road...
...not too curvy but just enough to be fun to drive on and where you can't quite see around the bend, but you KNOW that the view is going to be gorgeous! There is something calming and at the same time exciting about a long winding road... you know that the destination will be worth the effort... and isn't this true in life as well! Embrace Change... Fall for Autumn... Venture out onto a long and winding road and just see where He will take you!
The other day, I was reading in the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament. This particular passage so stood out to me... maybe because of my love of a good long winding road... maybe because He is trying to remind me of some things. (Probably both!)
"Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths
where the good way is,
And walk in it,
then you will find rest for your souls..." (Jer 6:16)
The cross reference in the Amplified Bible led me to Matthew 11:29 where the same word for 'rest' is used as Jesus talks about taking His yoke. The word rest means: relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet.
Nice... and yes, please!!!
"STAND in the ways and see" ~ That means stop moving! Be Still... Just Breathe! Look around you and within you.
"And ASK for the old paths" ~ That means talk to Him! Be Bold... and then wait expectantly for Him to answer! After all, He WANTS you to know and travel on the old paths where the Good Way is!
"And WALK in it" ~ That means once He speaks, you DO! Once He gives direction and shows you the path - even if it's just a glimpse of the curve in the bend - He invites you to once again embrace movement and walk towards what He has shown you.
"THEN..." ~ That means you need to do the other steps FIRST... and THEN you will find rest (relief, ease, refreshment, reCreation, and blessed quiet) for you souls.
The last part of the verse states that they (God's people) responded and said, "We will not." ~ That means we have a choice!
Choose Wisely, my friends!