Recently I listened to the song “Ancient words” by The Acappella Company, and these lines jumped out at me:
‘Ancient Words will guide us home’ hmm! Home, a place of rest from the day’s struggle. A place of peace, where you are truly in charge as you control the temperature, pace and mood around you. A place where you love and feel loved. Some call it ‘the happy place’, it provides a shield from all gloom around you.
I remember a family trip to France a few years ago. We searched for a hotel close to the airport for our return trip and found one with a great deal. By now, you all know that we like great deals. Unknown to us, the hotel was in a little village on the outskirts of Paris, which we eventually didn’t mind, it was only about ten minutes to the airport. We checked in and decided to go on a quick ride to a nearby shopping center. The hotel ordered a cab and we were on our way for an adventure, literally. We walked around the shopping center and picked a few things and decided to head back to the hotel. And then, we discovered we had entered “one chance”* when it was impossible to find a cab or anyone willing to communicate with us in English, turns out English was a scarce commodity in this small community. We eventually found someone who muttered the words “no taxi here, small town”. Without being able to effectively communicate, only one option stared at us in the face. Walk!
With our daughter strapped in a stroller, we set out on a long walk to freedom, after all, it was just an 8 minutes drive. Should we turn right or left we wondered and one hour later, it became obvious that we were lost. At first, we were afraid to ask for directions so we don’t get kidnapped but as we began to hit the two hour mark still roaming, we figured the worst had already happened. So, we asked a few people for directions but with no common lingua, communication was impossible. Just then, we noticed a Signpost that we had seen from the hotel lobby. That signpost gave us hope that home was close by if we just kept our eyes on the mark. Wherever we turned, our eyes were fixed on that sign. As long as we were seeing the sign, we knew that home was around the corner. After about 4 hours of roaming, twists and turns, we arrived at the hotel. Tired and drained, we were glad that we were home and even more grateful for the sign.
Everyone needs a compass and a guide. You may wonder why we need a guide back home, is it really possible to forget our way home even in familiar territory? I guess it is because most times, we roam and wonder off to our day to day struggles. Then suddenly, the gloom around us, the negative news, disturbing events and the unending quest for happiness all pull for our attention and with all these distractions, we drift away… sometimes, far far away. We forget who we are and forget that place called home. We may even experience an identity crisis and drift even further from our true selves.
There is something that makes us who we are at our very core. It could be words we were told when we were young, songs we sang at Sunday school, words of wisdom from our parents. Words meant to remind you of who you are and take you home when you stray; these are our “Ancient Words”. As a parent, one of my favourite words of wisdom comes from Proverb 22:6 (NKJV); “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. There is comfort in knowing that when you do your part to instil the right values, even if a child departs at some point in life, the signpost will likely stir them back home.
Even if you grew up in an unstable home with no words to hold unto as your anchor but got a daily serving of words that drove you farther from home; if you made it to this point and can read this article, I have great news for you. You can take charge of your life and recreate a new world around you. Change the pattern and speak kind and uplifting words to yourself and to others around you. The Bible is an excellent place to look for words of life and hope. It’s a mirror of who you really should be and points you to your new home.
“The Ancient Words are your soul’s map!“
The Ancient words remain the same and are always relevant through the changing times and seasons of life. They are words that bring comfort, give hope, give light and life. Words that refresh you every morning, keeps you sane during the day and guides you to your place of rest every evening.
Lost, Strayed or simply confused? Stop! take a deep breath and look for the sign that takes you home. And Hey! It may just be inside of you.
*For our international readers “one chance” is a Nigerian Euphemism for being played a fast one with your eyes wide open.
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Have a blessed week ahead!