Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
We are in a waiting phase of treatment now. Waiting for Marissa to get strong enough for surgery, waiting to see if the chemo worked, waiting to see how much cancer remains. And with waiting there is always the opportunity for worry.
I think back to those early days when this all began. I remember resisting the story, begging God to change the story. I remember not wanting to turn the page. I remember doubt–not doubt in God, really, but doubt in His plan, doubt that I was capable of doing this hard thing ahead.
And I remember what helped, what soothed my soul, what settled my spirit. It was the simplest of songs, the simplest of thoughts.
Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.
Going back to what I knew to be true is what I needed to go forward.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a faith crisis. Maybe we’re wrestling with God, wondering if what we’ve been taught about Him is true. Or we’re struggling with disappointment in others and despair in ourselves. Perhaps we’re on the wrong path, one filled with briars and brush and we can hardly push through. Maybe we’ve run so hard down that road, run so far away from God, that we’re lost–afraid to go forward but certain we can’t go back.
Or we could be facing a sorrow we cannot bear.
Go back. Ask for the ancient path, the old road. Turn again to the old, old story. Recall what you know to be true about God.
Go back to the simplest of truths. Walk in that path. You will find God there. And it’s finding God and knowing God that gives you rest.
Jesus loves me, this I know.
Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)