Along our journey we have seen examples of good behaviors and bad behaviors. We should be starting to see the patterns. Seeking God’s will and answering His call leads to blessing. Rejecting His ways and ignoring His Word doesn’t. Which we will do is our choice.
William Williams lived in Wales in the 1700s. It was the era of the Great Awakening and Williams was a leader in the Welsh Methodist movement. He found comfort in patterns of scripture reading, prayer, and singing. The patterns extended to more than his devotional life, though. He traveled over 100,000 miles through the countryside preaching and establishing seiadau, which were local fellowships of Methodist people. Wales is barely more than 150 miles from north to south and even less from east to west. To travel 100,000 miles Williams had to cover and retrace the same roads hundreds of times. There were patterns in his journeys, and all roads led to God. He saw the Holy Spirit moving and transforming communities day by day, week by week, and year by year. Williams saw patterns of blessing where souls were fed by the Spirit.
Williams wrote hundreds of hymns during his ministry. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah is one of his best known hymns. In all of his travels, Williams continued to hunger for God’s guidance. We need to feed that same hunger.
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me till I want no more;
feed me till I want no more.
Search for God’s patterns in your life and for your life. Then live those patterns.
Follow the Path!
[Use with Peace in Promise, day 33 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]