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, and you will find rest for your souls.” —Jer. 6:16
I’m going back to my roots.
There has been so much emphasis in this season on the “new thing” God is doing. And he is doing a new thing. He’s always doing new things because he is infinitely creative and his mercies are new every morning.
But even in the midst of the “new things,” there are some “old things” worth holding on to.
His mercies might be new every morning–but he never changes. While it’s never good to bring baggage from the past into the present–it is good to remember your roots.
For me that means re-embracing some of the structure I’ve avoided in recent years. It means re-establishing some of the disciplines of faith I held closely to in the earlier years of my relationship with Jesus.
Not because I have to–because I want to.
Honestly, I don’t really care for routine. And I struggle with structure. But while Jesus does not require any of those things of me, I find that I do need them …
So I’m doing some of the things I used to do. Part of that, at least for now, means returning to my spiritual writing roots, too. About ten years ago I started taking the responsibility to use the gift of words God had given me a little more seriously and I started writing weekly devotions. In recent years, my writing style has branched out in several new directions. There is nothing wrong with those new directions (in fact, sometimes there is a lot that is right!) but lately I have also sensed a drawing back to my roots.
So I’m writing devos again. Every Monday morning. They won’t be long. And I’ll still post other stuff later in the week, as I have time and something to say. But I need to start my week focused on him and his Word.
Maybe you do too?
If so, I hope you’ll come along for the ride. I hope you will stand with me at the crossroads and ask for the good way. And as he points to those ancient paths–those timeless truths embraced by fellow pilgrims throughout the ages–we’ll gain an ever-growing revelation of his heart and his ways.
And together we’ll find rest for our souls.
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. In an ever-changing world, thank you for being the One constant–the One unchanging reality we can cling to in every season. Teach us your ways, Jesus–and lead us in the way that is good. Lead us to the only true place of rest for our souls … the safety of your eternal embrace. ~ Amen