Thursday, 9 March 2017

Choosing

Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”

Like toddlers
being directed
and assisted
to make good choices
Choices that will
set a path
for wisdom - 
The people of God reject
the wisdom of the ages
for a moment of defiance
And, turning their back
on all the hard won battles
of their forebears
they refuse to walk
in ways mapped out.
They choose to forsake
the lessons learned at a cost
to forge their own paths
to who knows where
replacing the promised
rest for their souls
with a weary stumbling 
and searching
to chart
a new and untested route.
Such has been the choice
of people in all ages - 
to forsake the ancient
to make their mark
on a brave new world.
And which of us can say
that we, given the choice
would have chosen
any differently
any less recklessly
preferring to find our own way
than trusting the way
of hard fought wisdom?

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