We all have crossroads at various times of our lives. Some crossroads have more severe consequences than others.
Mary, betrothed to Joseph, was told by an angel that she had found favor with God because of her faith. She would give birth to a son, the Son of God. She could have said, “No, not me!” Instead she said yes to the angel and to God.
Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, learned of Mary’s pregnancy. He thought about ending the betrothal quietly. He received a message from an angel in a dream, telling him that Mary had not been unfaithful to him. Joseph said yes to God.
Peter was told that he would deny Christ three times during the night. He told Jesus he would never deny Him. When questioned about his relationship with Jesus, Peter was afraid. He told each questioner that he did not know what they were talking about.
Jesus had a crossroad, a very important one, on the Friday we know as Good Friday. He could have chosen to climb down from the cross as the people were crying out for Him to do. He chose, instead, to stay on the cross, suffering for the sins committed by each person, dead, living, and yet to come. By choosing this suffering, Jesus fulfilled the will of God and paid the price of salvation for all people.
Crossroads. Decision time. Which way do we turn? Do we listen for the voice of God giving us His guidance? Or do we respond in fear as Peter did? Do we suffer for our beliefs? Or do we lie to save our lives?
Peter was filled with remorse when the rooster crowed after his third denial of Christ. Jesus, knowing what was coming, said, “Not my will, but thine” to our Father God.
After the Resurrection, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Each time Peter responded yes. Jesus sent Peter out to feed the lambs and the sheep…the believers, and to spread the Gospel.
Saul, who watched and approved the execution of Stephen, was on his way to Damascus to arrest believers and take them back to Jerusalem for trial. His crossroad appeared when he was blinded by a bright light. The Lord spoke to him, asking him why he was persecuting believers. Then the Lord told him to go to Damascus and wait for one who would come heal his blindness and tell him what he was to do. Saul followed the instructions, spending the next days in prayer until Ananias came to him. Saul then started preaching and teaching the risen Christ.
Not all our crossroads are so spectacular. Sometimes it can be as simple as a career change, or a move. Sometimes it can be an accident that causes major life changes. There are many very small crossroads that we might not even realize are there.
We will have many crossroads in our lives. The crossroad is not the important thing. The important thing is what we do when we reach it. Will we go our own way? Or will we ask for God’s guidance? Will we react out of fear? Or will we rest in the knowledge that God is in control, no matter what?