Thursday, January 7, 2010

The WHY? in the Road

Along this present course in my life journey I have encountered yet another "Y" (Why?) in the road. I'll spare you the details because, quite frankly, I'm not sure I even know them, or whether I am interpreting them accurately. What appears to be is rarely what it is in reality. I don't know about you, but all too often I have rushed to judgment or action long before all the facts were in and diligently assessed.

While my heart is steadfast, that peace did not prevent me from sleeping fitfully last night; waking several times to the noise playing just beneath the surface of my consciousness. As if soothing a child, I spoke softly into the night: Be still, and know ...

As I have approached this "Y" in recent weeks (I could see it coming miles in advance), I found both challenge and delight in the following passage of scripture:

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness (malice), rage and anger, brawling (clamor) and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:22-25, 31


A whole lotta truth-speaking is underway, but as yet I have no distinct directive as to which leg of the "Y" to follow. Some details & decisions belong solely to me; some belong to others - and all belong to the Lord! Best I steer clear of anticipated outcomes, results and the like.

What's truly remarkable is that I'm content - still and at peace - here before the "Y". I suppose that's due largely to my yesteryears; the ones strewn with many an example of running ahead, often with clamor or malice, and even good intentions, invigorating my gait. This way is far better.

Yes ... the putting off of my ways and the putting on of His is truly the best cloaking for both approaching a "Y", and then navigating the course when at last it's taken.


The Whys? of the "Y" don't need to be answered before I trust in the Lord. In time it will be perfectly clear; the ground firm beneath my feet!.


The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 28:7

Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.

Proverbs 4:25-26

31 comments:

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Grateful He offers His cloak for the wrapping because mine is full of holes! So, "Pass the popcorn, please", while I watch your why (Y)up on my "big screen" (the with a keyboard next to it). Excited for you!

Totaling relating to clamoring ahead, I've been still for longer than I can remember. Loving every minute of it.

Back to the popcorn. Since we're on "pause" til the next clip, I'll be here waiting. Good stuff.

Linda said...

Praying for that peace that passeth all understanding to clothe you as you stand at this place in the road.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

As always, your daily words minister to me. Your message is a neon sign flashing at my "Y" in the road ahead. Like you, I've barreled on through an intersection in life. One of my lessons, that has to been learned over and over, is to be still and wait on the Lord. I often think my chronic illnesses are His way of making me be still and slowly follow the path where He wants me to go.

Diana said...

Oh yes. Jumping ahead has always been the wrong choice for me! I tend to want to take things in my own hands. With His help, I am learning to lean and trust!!

KelliGirl said...

It's not a question of if the "Y" but when, isn't it? You are a wise woman. I'm praying for continued peace and patience as you discern the path before you. The verses that you chose offer me such guidance as well.

Happy New Year!

Hey, we're coming out your way this spring to hike the Grand Canyon.

RCUBEs said...

We have limited vision. Oftentimes, we put a limit to God's vision just like ours. Forgetting that He is not like us. So, let's just trust in His vision, forget the "why's" and follow His leading. God bless.

Sheryl said...

wow, that is good! thank you for sharing your wisdom, it is SO needed.

love you.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Amen!

manthano said...

Praying that you will end up on the
leg of the "Y" God wants you on.

Terri Tiffany said...

I hear such peace in your words even being at that Y. But I also know to start praying for you as you make your choice.

Loren said...

Kathleen,

I am ever so grateful to be able to sit at your feet via this blogland and learn daily from you. So many times I read your posts and am just so deep in thought I go away without commenting bc I am just processing and processing, thinking, or just in awe.

Today I wanted you to know that I will be praying and asking the Lord to give you Wisdom, Peace, and one of those You know that YOU know moments when your answer comes! :)

Bless you my friend and Thank you for being the godly example of teaching the younger women. I know I have shared that with you before but I mean it from deep within my heart!

Heart2Heart said...

Kathleen,

You continue to be an inspiration to me more so than ever before as I see God working so diligently in your life. May He continue to guide you in the direction He has for you and may you be blessed in everything you say and do.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kay said...

Hugs and prayers today for you as you encounter this "Y".

Debbie said...

I, too, am at a "Y" in the road and diligently working at not askying the "why" of it! Thanks for the encouraging words of sitting peacefully waiting for His direction instead of pushing ahead under my own steam!!

Debbie

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I just love how we all are learning from one another on this blogland journey. I am reflecting on these powerful words here and realizing that I myself am at this "Y" and waiting on the Lord to show me which leg indeed I will travel.

Thank you for being an instrument for HIS GLORY!

Many blessings to you today,
Beth

Technonana said...

Oh My Sweet Sassy... the Ys... my heart is in tune... because like you, many times I have been apt to run ahead.. not wanting to wait.. but you are oh so wise...
I will pray that our Father comfort and strengthen you as you wait for the answers that only He can give...and praying you stay wrapped as you wait for His Wisdom..
May you find discernment as you wait for He says... when you seek Me, you will find Me.
In Him,
Sharon

Karen Lange said...

Have a few 'Y's' I've been thinking about lately. Food for thought, thanks:)
Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Rose said...

Kathleen, this was a truly beautiful post that just spoke to my heart. I seem to be in a similar spot and in years passed I would have been in freak out mode, but have learned that God has this "y" and I will just let Him have it. So much more peaceful that way. God bless you my friend, for staying steadfast and I know that things will work out as they should.
Blessings and hugs!
Rose

Just a little something from Judy said...

As I read this I am reminded of the many "Y"s that I have come to in my life. The many times I rushed ahead thinking I knew the whys and the hows. I was reminded of the foolishness that often was the result of my rushing. Oh,I still have not learned all the lessons, and the worries at night still come to me, but slowly, oh so slowly, I am learning to rest and wait, holding on to His loving hand for the direction I know He has promised. The key for me is...in time. Being somewhat impatient, time is key. I love the verses you shared. Each of them brings a comfort and a joy. I have once again been blessed. I consider it a joy to remember you in my prayers.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

There you go... living my life again. I stand with you sister, asking many of the same questions and waiting for God's guidance.

You fitful night helps me with mine. I know you know what I mean.

I am not alone on this journey of faith. I share it with some of the finest sisters I know. What a privilege to stand at our "why's" and Y's together.

peace~elaine

sonja said...

It does seem pretty amazing that so many of us in these blog pages seem to be in this familiar place during these days. Your words tonight are so encouraging, and the scripture is perfect.

Rebecca said...

Standing with you (from a distance) at this fork in your road.

Shirl said...

I related so much to the part about jumping ahead. I have always tended to do that and almost always regretted it as soon as I did it!

{{{hugs}}}

~*Michelle*~ said...

As I sit, stall....whatever you want to call it.....at my own "Y", I thank you for your words of wisdom and comfort.

Beth E. said...

Praying for God's peace - and direction - in the midst of your journey.

You've got my number...call me if you need to talk. :-)

Love,
Beth

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

After prayer and the peace of God, we often find ourselves on a road that's far from smooth. We wonder if we missed it.

Yet, I think of Lot looking at the beauty of the land facing Sodom and Gomorrah. It seemed like a great choice, but almost cost him his life.

Just because the chosen road is hard doesn't mean we missed God's best.

Blessings,
Susan :)

christy rose said...

"Be still and know!" Good advice! I wonder where that came from. The Y's or whys bring change in our lives and with that usually comes some apprehension. But, trust the One who said, "be still and know" and you can't make a mistake. And the stillness enables some better sleep too. :) God is always thinking about us, isn't He? :)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

From one Be Still and Know to another, I know that as you discern which direction to take God will make it clear in such a way as only He can.

I can really identify with your words. I have felt for a while that I am teetering on the edge of something different, only I am not exactly sure what that different is????

As we both continue to Be Still and Know I feel certian that prayer, and waiting with expectation will be involved.

Blessings
Robin

I am finally getting my house back in order from all the holiday happenings and can get back to all my normal blog reads.

take care my friend.

Deborah Ann said...

The crossroads...a vulnerable fork in the road. And the questions...what if I miss it? What if I make the wrong turn? And yet, God already knows which direction you will take, and His Mercy will follow you there...

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LisaShaw said...

I read your current post which referenced this one so I ran over here first to read and will return to your "today's" post.

As I read I couldn't help but think of the "U" turns, Detours, Road Blocks and then aww the "Y" of my own life over the years.

I love this:

"Yes ... the putting off of my ways and the putting on of His is truly the best cloaking for both approaching a "Y", and then navigating the course when at last it's taken.

The Whys? of the "Y" don't need to be answered before I trust in the Lord. In time it will be perfectly clear; the ground firm beneath my feet!."


We don't need to KNOW before we TRUST GOD. We just need to trust and go forward in Him.

I'm headed back over to your post for today...loving my visit and praying for you dear sister. GOD is moving in only the way that He can in your life in this season.