“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
There is a point in all of our lives where we reach a crossroad. Google’s dictionary defines a crossroad as “a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences.” It is a point at which the direction we choose can make a huge difference in our future, and even if we have a future.
Whether we realize it or not, God is at each one of the crossroads in our lives. I believe he is speaking and trying to get our attention, in order to gently coax us into making the right choice. Sometimes the choice is ours and sometimes it is forced upon us by others.
One day I had gotten into the car to leave home and suddenly realized that I had left something in the house. I went back in to retrieve my cell phone. This delayed my departure about five minutes. During my travel to my destination, I came upon a car accident. First responders had not yet arrived. The drivers seemed to be fine, but the cars were banged up. I found myself thanking God that I had not been at that location a few minutes earlier, because I could have been involved in the accident.
We sometimes fret when bad things happen, but I am convinced that there are many times that we are not even aware of that God has guided us in a way to avoid such things.
According to the New York Post, Gwyneth Paltrow said, “I was on the way home and it was the morning of September 11 — not that I knew at the time what that meant — and a girl was jaywalking across the street and we kind of both stopped at the same time and waited a really long time,” before the girl went on her way. That girl happened to be a young lady named, Lara Lindstrom Clarke, who was in a hurry to make it to her subway train, but stopped for the car at the street as they each offered to let the other go first. As it turns out she arrived on the subway platform to see the doors of the train closing. She was upset because she would be late for work. When she finally arrived at the World Trade Center building where she worked on the 77th floor, she quickly learned that her office building had been hit by an airplane. Had she not had that few seconds of indecision when crossing the street, she may have been sitting at her desk when the plane hit.
Perhaps the crossroad in your life may not be the difference between life and death, but it could affect your life in a major way. It could be the person you choose to date, or the job you choose to take. It could be choosing the neighborhood you move to or the school your child attends.
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Jeremiah 6:16
My friend, God created each of us with a unique plan for our lives. He wants to guide us around the potholes of life to reach the destiny he has planned for us. Look for him at your crossroad. He’ll be waiting.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.