Considering Ancient Paths

Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.

(Jeremiah 6:16 RSV)

     One of my first realizations as the group commenced our eleven-day educational pilgrimage in Toledo, Spain, on March 9, 2018, was the blend of modern and ancient in this beautiful country. Much of Spain speaks of antiquity, but modern conveniences are plentiful. (I even discovered a Starbucks in old Barcelona!)

Toledo, Spain, where ancient and modern blend beautifully.

      Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, was encouraged to look and to consider “ancient paths.” This is what I was privileged to do during my recent time in Spain. I observed sites where ancient men and women lived out their faith. I considered obstacles they encountered.

     I’ll be pondering for a long-time the ways in which their lives continue to influence believers five centuries later. I’m asking God to show me how their 16th Century “paths” apply to this 21st Century “freeway” gal.

     Answers are dawning slowly. I haven’t felt well since returning home, and after several days of believing my malaise was due to jet-lag and allergies, I now wonder if I may be dealing with a full-blown case of the flu. In the coming days, I’ll share additional thoughts about the men and women I encountered on “ancient paths” in Spain, but right now, I plan to practice the final line of Jeremiah 6:16 and “find rest…”

Blessings to all…

Sue Reeve

An “ancient pathway” in Toledo, which is still used by both pedestrians and autos today.

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