Welcome to My Aaliyah Walk. My name is Rhonda; I am a blogger and freelancer by trade at MyFreelanceTips.com. I grew up in Orange County, CA. I literally, figuratively and spiritually found myself in Yucaipa, CA.
This life has been a long journey with some chosen and not so chosen paths. As a child my spirit was crushed, my heart was broken, my dignity humiliated, and innocence was stolen. It was during this time that I stumbled onto my first crossroad.
From age six my eyes were open to a world that no six-year-old should ever learn about. The naivete of innocence was diminished; a twisted reality of life became the crossroad from where I stood.
I’ve been traveling on the wrong road for a long time. Over the years, I have stepped out onto many crossroads in life. There were futile attempts to step out onto the right path but the distorted blinders I wore always managed to redirect my steps onto the counterfeit path.
I had grown up in church, but in me, I knew something different about life for which no explanation would do. One moment I was seeking God in all of my childish ways, in the next moment I was this six-year-old believing God had cursed my very foundation.
I wondered where God was while life was stealing my joy and destroying my faith. Adults were people I mistrusted and held disdain for. I reveled in every battle fought with authority. Rebelling was the only power I had in my arsenal.
I grew up seeking my own version of vengeance and justice from God, myself, the world. That vengeance molded and shaped self-destructive behaviors. Decisions full of regret were the only hope that I chased after. I knew I was self-destructing, but that was the goal.
It has taken years to turn my life around and taking back my life is still a work in progress. Every time I think I’ve buried the past there seems to be another door that I have yet to close.
Over a lifetime, I have built up very large stumbling blocks. I didn’t remove the stumbling blocks; I just learned to step over and walk around them. It never dawned on me that I owed anyone an apology or had any forgiving to do. I simply moved on with life in hopes of making it better.
Church life was part of my upbringing. When one has been raised in the church and begins to put one’s life back in order; church is the order of business which one engages in. I returned, said the sinner’s prayer and the church became my habit.
I was in and out of church life; honestly, I was bored. Ministers would recite a passage from the bible and I’d read further as they continued on with their point. When I’d question the context of the passages that had been read, I would be shut down with, “Don’t lean on your own understanding.”
Though I appreciated the ministers who taught and still believe to this day that they had good intentions. The church message, for me personally, just seemed to be a message without merit in my life.
That was until I found myself at Shiloh Messianic Congregation, on a Saturday in February of 2013. That day changed my life. For the first time, a messenger of the gospel (now my pastor) was not skipping over those words or mincing the truth to up-sell a doctrine of men.
This new Messianic truth was strange; it asked me to consider God’s laws. Not as a means of salvation, but as a way of relationship building with the God that I sought to know. It gave me permission to accept the word of God as it is written unabashedly and without apology.
This messenger of the truth was essentially teaching aaliyah. Not that his message that day was about aaliyah, but the holy spirit was translating it as such. Aaliyah means to go up, to ascend. Our journey to God is aaliyah. This life we are on is that very journey.
I was once again at a crossroad choosing my path; only this path had a map with instructions. This path could speak into my brokenness and possibly help me climb out of the pit I had so diligently dug.
The messenger of the gospel, Pastor Bruce had mentioned Jeremiah 6:16; in that moment my brain went into overdrive as I broke down decisions for decisions. I found myself saying yes to the Ancient Path. The path of true freedom.
A Messianic step is now my Aaliyah Walk and I have set my feet on the good path. My road is a broken road but this journey is about restoration.
Aaliyah is about restoring us back to God. It’s about restoring our footsteps to his footsteps, restoring our thoughts to his thoughts and restoring our love and praise back to the footstool of our master.
I have indeed chosen the path of Jeremiah 6:16 [Jeremiah 6:16 (CJB) Here is what Adonai says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not take it.’].
In closing, let me roll out the welcoming mat by saying this: Yeshua (Jesus) made a way for us to step out onto this path without fear of the curse of sin. Sin can no longer convict us if we accept the gift of Yeshua (Jesus) and seek forgiveness (John 3:16).
Yeshua (Jesus) wrote Torah on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:30-34). In doing so he called us to love Torah. The heart is for yearning and that which is written on the heart is that which we embrace.
Aaliyah is where I find peace in this Journey. It’s where everything makes sense. Welcome to My Aaliyah walk blog. I hope you too will seek and find yourself on the Jeremiah 6:16 path. Shalom to you my friend.