When we set out to explore what life would look like when we boldly put a cork in our insatiable need for more, did you anticipate where you would be standing when our time together was up?
Well, here we are. At the crossroads.
The road of All We Have meets the road of All We’ve Lost and there are decisions to be made. Lucky for us, someone else is here at the crossroads with us:
“Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud, “I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. I love all who love me.
Those who search will surely find me. I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice. My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries. “ And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:1-4, 14, 17-21, 32, 35 (NLT)
The followers of Jesus stood at the crossroads on this day so long ago. Having lost the Person they loved and along with Him, the hope that things might be different in the future, they stood where the roads meet with decisions to be made and direction to be determined…
Should I go back to where I came from – back to where I was before this life-rattling adventure began?
Should I cut my losses – and there have been losses – and just start fresh, anywhere but here?
Can I just stay here until I’m ready to move? Frozen by what’s transpired. Camping at the crossroads until things start making sense.
Or have I been so completely changed by what’s gone on that only one move makes any sense at all – to continue what God started in me! To carry on in spite of change and loss! To listen to Wisdom and Want What She’s Got – and is offering to those who will walk the paths of righteousness and justice at Her side!
We know that the story didn’t end here for the Disciples of Jesus, but it seems funny to me that in remembering this Holy Week, the church completely overlooks Saturday. We remember Thursday’s meal and betrayal, Friday’s murder and – tomorrow – Sunday’s shout of victory... But Saturday is silent.
Some of us have been living into Saturday for far too long, with decisions pending and momentum building and questions burning for answers we don’t have.
Some of us have been blasting through to Sunday, failing to pause and consider that part of the work of the Cross is to bring us to this juncture – engaging our minds and hearts in the fullness of the Kingdom (including those parts we would rather avoid).
Some of us have discovered demons inside – greed and selfishness and lustful tendencies that we didn’t know we had until we reached this place in the road – and it’s time to look those buggers in the eye and get on with it. Get on with living for what really matters.
This is what the prophet Jeremiah was talking about, and his wake up call is exactly what some of us need to hear on this Silent Saturday:
“Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, The tried-and-true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 (The Message)
Friends – my prayer as we Want What We’ve Got in these imperfect and complicated times is that you would open your eyes and look around at the crossroads. See things as they are – stop using filters and rose colored glasses to make things look the way you want them to. Ask for directions! Wisdom will guide you – it’s yours for the asking – when you fix your attention on God. There will always be a shiny, new-fangled road to try, but choose instead the old road. The narrow road. The dusty, less-traveled road. The companions you will find traveling there are the ones whose riches are stored in heaven (because they are simply too vast to be contained on the earth).
Here at the crossroads is a route that is right for you – a path that you were meant to discover for yourself by the Wisdom of the Spirit of the resurrected Word! Want THAT! Want What You’ve Got! But as Easter people, always be ready for more…
The mind-blowing, limitless and extravagant more of God.