The other day in my Quiet Time I did something I very rarely do. I usually follow a plan and know where I will be studying, but this day I just held my Bible in my hand and asked God to show me what He wanted me to read today. Then I opened my Bible randomly and it opened to Jeremiah 31. The page looked like a workbook, with dates and notes from the last 40 years, verses highlighted, and prayers and answers filling the margins. Jeremiah 31:21 was the first thing I saw, and I thought, “Here we go again, Lord.” God has used this verse in so many ways in my life; it’s like an old friend.
Jeremiah 31:21 “Set up for yourself roadmarks, place for yourself guideposts; direct your mind to the highway, the way by which you went. Return, O virgin of Israel, return to these your cities.” God has used this verse so often in my life to help me to set goals, stay focused on what is important, and to let Him direct my path before I head off in the wrong direction.
To direct my mind means for me to take action, to aim at what is concerning me and to go toward it, to focus on it, go directly to it; in order to do that I have to make a commitment. For me, to direct my mind to the highway means to seek God’s High Way, to seek His direction so that I won’t be lost.
During this time of extreme circumstances in our beautiful country, let each of us ask God to direct our minds to Him for His peace, hope and guidance. Let us ask Him to show us each day what we can do for our families, friends and community to help us stay united in love for one another. Much of what has been happening for the last year has been very divisive, keeping us apart from friends and family, causing fear for many people and preventing us from enjoying our normal activities. And if we get caught up watching too much news, there’s no telling how depressed we could get.
I’ve been encouraged to hear that many people are turning to the Bible again and seeking God for answers to what is going on. The book of Daniel is especially meaningful right now, and it’s so encouraging to read how God can work through even the most tragic circumstances.
As for me, I refuse to let my circumstances define how I live my life. I know that God still has His eye on me and is in charge of my life, and He will direct my path day by day. I will continue to enjoy each day He has given me and be thankful for all He has done for us and continues to do. I will discover new ways of doing things as time goes on because of current restrictions, but that is a challenge I’m willing to meet and frankly enjoy. I could almost hear Him laugh at the long “toilet paper lines.”
If you have more free time, use it to make your life better; be creative in ways to please your family and show your love for them, spend more time with Jesus enjoying His presence, and never let go of your confidence in God. Read the 4th chapter of Philippians often and remember, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phil.4:13)