Following a path of breadcrumbs.

Some of you may be fortunate enough to speak multiple languages, and if you do, you’re probably familiar with the fact that some words lose their value and depth in translation. I’m just now discovering how much more can be gained from scripture when we look at the root of certain words and delve into their original meaning. There is a Hebrew word, tsadiyq, it means “to stay on course, to remain on the path”. Takbulah refers to direction and guidance from God. Before we progress any further though, let me back up and properly introduce you to this story.

You know that feeling you get when you see something that catches your eye, but for one reason or another, it’s just not the right timing? Maybe you don’t want to read about that topic right now, it hits too close to home. Perhaps it’s like cleaning out your garage; a project that you put off until you can stand it no longer and then you wonder why you kept putting it off because once complete, it gives you a sense of satisfaction. For others, it could be a challenge to do something new or different than anything you’ve ever tried before. In my case it was a book.

It sat on the shelf and whispered my name, but I said no. The next time, it said “Jessie, how about now?” Nope, not today. This cycle repeated many times, until one day I was in one of my favorite places, the tall columns of books neatly organized by numbers and letters, aka, the library. It caught my eye and said “how about today?” With a deep breath, I exhaled and said maybe, then lifted it to examine whether this was the right book for right now. Within moments, I knew it was. Excitement gripped me as I saw within a few pages that this book, “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst, contained exactly what I need right now.

This morning, a new chapter shone bright as I recognized the unmistakable feeling of a good breadcrumb. God and I have this thing with breadcrumbs, he leaves them for me in odd places and when I stumble across them, I am wrapped in the sweetest understanding and proof that I’m right where he wants me to be and I’ve encountered one of his signposts.

Sometimes it’s a book, a person, a quote-it differs in form but never in absolute truth and perfection that can only bear his unique signature. It’s like a warm ray of sun that heats your face on a chilly day and gives reassurance that you are going the right way. Yes, breadcrumbs are our language and I’m always on the lookout for them. They are the best kind of present. They say, “good job, you are just right, everything is going as it should, and by the way, I love you more than you’ll ever know. Breadcrumbs are my thing. Do you have your own version of them? Keep your eyes open and pay attention to the little signs that are going to show up for you on your halak, or walk. They always show up.


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