We saw this enormous cross as we were driving across the country along the Southern states. It is probably one of the thirty built by James Potter, a man whose family is in construction and who has made building these crosses his personal mission. What struck me is that this cross stands near a “crossroad,” giving a different slant to the meaning of the word. The literal definition of intersecting roads is used a lot less frequently than the figurative sense used to denote choice.
Today’s verse is a prayer of David. As with all of us he is daily faced with choice. He asks to be guided and taught all day long. David recognizes that he could easily take the wrong road and stray from what is true. He reminds the Lord of His great mercy and love in the past (verse 6) and counts on Him to answer this prayer. God promises to guide the humble (verse 9) on to His ways, which are always loving and faithful (verse 10).
Probably what keeps me from asking for God’s guidance in a decision is the assumption that I can work it all out on my own. After all, I am reasonably intelligent, educated, and logical. But there is no way to know and see all that He does. The Lord can only guide me when I humbly acknowledge my limitations and ask for His help. The path I usually take is the easiest, or the path of least resistance. His path, though sometimes harder, is always one where I will experience His love and faithfulness!
Thank you Lord, that You are there at every crossroad!