I read this devotional this morning, and it came at a perfect time when I am faced with a fork in the road.
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies. – Psalm 18: 1-3
Our own efforts at self-control & willpower have proved fruitless against the enemies of compulsivity, drivenness, and neediness. We find ourselves at a critical crossroads. On the 1 hand, our old addictions or dependencies beckon to us and tell us that the practice of those dependencies will be the ultimate source of our comfort. On the other hand, we have begun 2 experience that the promises of our addictions are false promises. We’ve discovered along with many other recovering persons, that our addictions have stopped working for us. The alternatives appear bleak. How shall we be saved from the enemies of our dependencies? David celebrates a God who is “my rock & my fortress & my deliverer” Our dependencies brought to a point of powerlessness. That powerlessness has brough us to the threshold of the God of our fathers who has infinite strength to provide our salvation.
Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken” speaks volumes to me today. He wrote “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.” Today, I recognize that God brings us to various crossroads in our lifetimes. And like the traveler I have looked at both paths, the one beaten down by the many who have gone before me, but today I choose to walk down the one less travelled and by faith knowing that in the end that will make all the difference.wordpress plugin form.