This is the way.

These are not just words. They are a way of life: a creed – a way of faith.  

They are not just spoken by anyone. They are the words of Din Djaron – The Mandalorian or Mando for short. Kind of like an out of space Clint Eastwood wearing Beskar armour who fights mudhorns and protects The Child.

Around this time last year, I got hooked on watching the Mandalorian. It was the first lockdown; what lockdown are we in now? It seems like it was “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”. Anyhow, I couldn’t wait for each new episode on Disney Plus and the last two episodes of season 2 are the best tv this past year has had to offer. Line of Duty take note of how to end a season.  

It’s that phrase, though, that keeps popping up throughout the show – This is the way. It’s a phrase that sums up the essence of what The Mandalorian is all about. It’s typical of Star Wars coming up with another catchy phrase like – May the Force Be With You. There are times throughout the series where people of differing opinions or opposite sides understand that this is the way. Despite all their differences – This is the way. They don’t question the way. It’s just the way.

Over the past couple of months, however, there is a scripture that the Lord has been using to speak to me. It has helped take a load off my mind. It helps take the pressure off me and puts it all on the Lord. Coming off the back of Covid-19 and the change in life, the pressures it brought with it and leading a church through the pandemic, it’s this scripture that has reminded me, God has it in control. Actually, He has me.

That verse is Isaiah 30:21

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

So this past year has been challenging. It has been a year or so of what way do I take here. It has been a year of questions and not always getting the answers needed. I have found when there is no clarity; it becomes even harder to lead. Clarity is so important. I have realised that I may not always get it right and where I am wrong, I have, and I will hold my hands up.  

That is where this verse comes in. It is like God brought it to me or dropped it into my Spirit in the nick of time. It is what we would call a Rhema word. It is where God takes something for everyone and applies it to me, where I am, and what I am going through. It becomes personal and practical all at the same time. I was beaten on the canvas, and this word became the linchpin of me turning things around and me coming to a place where he leads, and I follow.

I believe God got my attention to assure me that he will be there sustaining me no matter how hard things get. I think he wants the same for you to who may be reading these rambling thoughts put down here. But it took me to be still and aware of his still small voice. 

I have said before that deep down inside all of us, we yearn for the voice of our heavenly Father. We were created to please Him, worship Him and live for Him. So when He speaks, we listen. 

The words of the song – Goodness of God say It better than I could.

I love Your voice

You have led me through the fire

In the darkest night

You are close like no other

I’ve known You as a Father

I’ve known You as a Friend

And I have lived in the goodness of God

Sometimes we need to turn up the volume of His voice over the thoughts, opinions, and voices of those around us. When God spoke this word through Isaiah to the nation of Israel, they refused to listen. In so doing, things only went from bad to worse until God had to step in and take over.

I get pictures in my mind sometimes, and for whatever reason, the words “Hear a voice behind you..” stuck out. To others, this may seem ridiculous, but to me, it is how the Spirit has been showing me this in my life.

We have all seen those guys that turn up in SWAT teams and have to kick a door down someone’s hall. They don’t know what is on the other side of the door or what they are walking into, but they know someone is behind them. They are aware of a colleague behind them tapping them on the shoulder as they make their way through.

This is the picture, that He has my back. He is behind me whispering this is the way. Keep going, I am with you.

For me, the only thing I want or need these days is to be aware of His presence with me, assuring me, “Darren, this is the way.” 

Who am I to question the way. His ways are higher than my ways. His ways are better.  

So in this season, I am taking time and making time to hear his voice and know it. There is a clamour of voices in this world that are loud and demand this and that. But there is His voice. Gentle, still, small, loving, constantly affirming.  

I am pretty sure if I blindfolded Katie and Reuben and stood in a room with other guys and spoke, they would be able to pick out my voice over the others. Why? Because I’m their Dad. I want these days to pick out the voice of my Father above all the others voices of today.

This is the way.

These are not just words. They are a way of life: a creed – a way of faith.  

They are not just spoken by anyone. They are the words of my heavenly Father. Creator of the universe, Father of the fatherless, infinitely holy, unchanging, sustainer of life and above all powers. 

This the Way!

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