Friday, September 18, 2015

Twin Forks

 "I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight (upright) paths (Proverbs 4:11).

One day Saint Francis and his sidekick Brother Masseo were itinerating through the Italian countryside looking for a place to preach. They came to a fork in the road, one path leading to Florence, one to Siena. "Which way shall we go?" Masseo asked. "The one that God wills," answered St Francis.

"And how are we to know the will of God?" Masseo replied, whereupon, Francis had Masseo spin around until he got dizzy and fell down. When he got up he was facing Siena. "That's the way," Francis said.

When they got to Siena they had no opportunity to preach, but did succeed in reconciling two warring clans and bringing peace to the region. Having finished their work they traveled on.

What's my point? Well, most of our choices throughout the day are willy–nilly. Will we wear this or that? Do we turn left or right? Yet Wisdom is always directing our steps. Certainly we should ask for God's counsel through the day, but, I must say for myself, I forget.

So then, it's up to God to get us to the right place at the right time-to do whatever it is he wants us to do.

Anyway... Who am I to think I can discern the right way? No, my business is to walk with God throughout the day and enjoy his love. He'll take it from there.

Carolyn says God's will is not so much the right way as the upright way. I think she's got something there.


1 comment:

Dieter Schlaepfer said...

The book of Proverbs is so amazing! In context, the father advises his son to listen, accept, and obey his instruction just as our heavenly Father does. A long life is promised as the outcome.

It strongly reminds me of Romans 2:12, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." (NASB)

This brings us back to your story of Saint Francis and the will of God, and Carolyn's perspective.

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