Do you ever watch the TV series called Alone on History Channel? That is where people are dropped a few miles apart on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, they have to find food and build shelter and deal with nature: weather (mostly constant rain) and wild animals. This season they have teams, one person is supposed to stay at the beach and build a shelter while the other has to hike 10 miles through heavy rain forest to find them. In 3 episodes 3 teams have dropped out. Two of the young men who should have stayed near the beach and build a shelter for their team member when they arrive decided to wander around in the heavy bush. One of them hurt his ankle and so that team had to leave (both members have to leave if one taps out) and the other was so freaked out by a bear outside his tent at night that he tapped out thus taking his father out with him. Another man was out gathering wood to build a shelter and he tripped on the beach seriously hurting himself, thus taking him and his team member out of the running as well.
Why am I telling you about this? Because for the last 1 1/2 years my husband and I have entered into our quiet days. Before that we were attending a gospel chapel since we moved to Vancouver Island. But then husband found out that emergent teachings had entered into a bible school that the chapel supported, and those in leadership at the chapel would not check into it, choosing to ignore the fact. So husband chose to leave the chapel and since then we have had little contact with anyone. Family issues also developed on spiritual issues and so we have been mostly alone family wise as well.
And so that is why I think of Alone and those young men who decided to wander around in the bushes, both of them choosing to strike out for themselves rather than do what they were supposed to do. I must say that it has been tempting to look at this church, or look at that church, but for the most part, churches where we live have become community churches and strayed away from the “old paths” of gospel preaching, gospel hymn, preachers who are led by the spirit instead of being told what to speak on. For that reason, husband and I have chosen to have communion at home each week and listen to online sermons by preachers who still preach the gospel, and trust the Lord for what comes. It is very difficult to live the quiet life, but I do wonder what would happen if we strayed away from it. I do not want to find out.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…..”