They led the way back home for Hansel and Gretel. A reliable source of direction, both obvious and practical (at least outdoors).
God leaves breadcrumbs for us, too. And lately, I’ve been noticing them.
I hear them spoken as people comment about the increase in busyness and decrease in the calm of life these days. I feel it as God draws me toward simpler ways to live and be content (though if I’m honest, it’s a calling I fight hard against). And as I read scripture, God’s message is loud and clear:
“Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground,
for it is time to seek the Lord,
that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Earlier in the passage it speaks about the pride of Israel. How in luxury and abundance, with each new success achieved, they raised up altars to false gods, and followed the fickle desires of their hearts.
And if I’m honest (it’s a big day for honesty), I see a lot of myself in Israel.
Like how excited I get when there’s more engagement on my social media. Or how much I look forward to writing posts that will engage people. Or the fact I always seem to be coming up with new ways to create, write, or otherwise be engaged in projects that stir me creatively and intellectually.
True, none of these things are inherently sinful. In fact they’re some of the ways I like to recharge myself. But my enjoyment of and love for them should be informed and governed by my first love and devotion to God – not the other way around.
My social media shouldn’t be the first thing I think of in the morning. Or what project I’m working on, or what I want to accomplish that week. I don’t want to be so easily satisfied with these that they are what delights my heart in my waking moments.
So, lately, I’ve been making a more sincere effort to realign the solar system of my life, revering God as the blazing, unmissable sun in the centre:
I’ve started listening and actively naming the ways I know God wants me to change my life. Doing less, loving more. Detaching myself from ‘stuff’ and making much of the people I love. Stirring my affections for God by reading Scripture paired with The Valley of Vision (I highly recommend it!).
The breadcrumbs are there. I just have to look for them, and follow in loving obedience. It’s all by His grace – He leads us by still, soul-satisfying fresh waters. Providing for us an everlasting hope and foundation upon which to base our life and all we do.
What are the breadcrumbs He’s leading you with?