Crossroads

Matthew & Lindsay Direction Pointing

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

This fall the kids and I had the opportunity to explore a few of Ann Arbor’s cider mills.  Along with the deliciousness of the warm apple cider and the cinnamon and sugar covered donuts there was usually a hay ride and a corn maze on sight to explore as well.  The kids immediately fell in love with the idea of corn mazes, and how could they not?  I had never been in a corn maze myself until meandering through Cornbelly’s in Salt Lake, and I had so much fun even as an adult.  It’s fun to try to find your way through cornstalks that are reaching far above your head and feeling slightly disoriented while trying to find your way out of the maze.  But I’m pretty sure that part of that fun is knowing that eventually, there’s going to be a way out.  What’s funny is that at every fork in the maze I would ask Matthew and Lindsay which way we should go and they would always point in a different direction.  Always.  They did the same thing this summer while we were hiking through the natural trails near Gallop Park.  I finally had to capture it on camera because it was pretty unbelievable to me that they never want to go in the same direction.  You can imagine how busy they keep me at home!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Psalm 32:8

The thing is, at this point in our lives I feel like our family is at one of these forks.  Mike has been on various interviews for the last two weeks and we’ve been in a whirlwind.  We’ve gone from having no idea where we might be next year, (me just hoping and praying he’ll have a job) to having the opportunity to choose from different jobs.  Lucky for us, Michael and I always seem to be heading in the same direction rather than pointing down different roads like our two munchkins.  Unfortunately for anyone traveling with us though, it always seems to take Mike and I a whole lot longer to decide which road we’ll be heading down together. 🙂  (And anyone that knows us knows that’s terribly true because they’ve witnessed our indecisiveness firsthand.)  I just hope that while we’re standing at this particular fork we continue to pray and ask God to direct us.  So far in our lives as we’ve continued to trust in Him, He’s never failed to be the ultimate tour guide.  And much like those corn mazes, I’m comforted knowing that He knows the destination and which road will lead us there.

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Open some windows, God
Close a few doors.
Bring to light paths
That were made dark before.

We stand at a crossroads
unsure which direction to choose.
The world may be before us,
but we don’t want to face it without You.

We’ve come to that moment
Of what has always been and what could be.
Don’t let the world’s possibilities blind us
To what heaven would have us see.

I’m excited about where we’re going
but don’t want to forget how we got here.
Remind us that in the past You’ve always traveled beside us
So we can face the future miles without fear.

amen

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