When you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
There are a lot of forks in the road of life. Trouble is, they usually don’t come with street signs. If they were marked, “Success Street” or “Failure Ave” you’d know which way to turn. But with no sign, you’re left standing there scratching your head. “Do I go left or right?”
Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees had no patience with people who could not make decisions. He once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Unfortunately it’s not that easy.
Sometimes there is a sign. One path is marked Urgent, the other Important. Too often, we take the urgent.
It’s urgent that I attend this meeting so I neglect the important – my daily devotions. It’s urgent that I close this sale so I shortchange the important – my time with my wife and kids. A client urgently needs my attention so my son has no dad watching his soccer game.
We choose the urgent because it shouts so much louder, and we tend to follow the loudest voice. But wisdom doesn’t always shout from a loudspeaker. Sometimes it speaks in a whisper. Look how God spoke to Elijah:
And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountains; it was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:11,12 (LB)
Next time you’re at a fork in the road, quiet yourself and listen. You will hear that still, small voice saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”