I needed something from the Home Depot yesterday, got in the truck, went over and purchase it (that box store is getting an awful lot of my money these days) and as I was pulling out of the parking lot thought while I was out anyway I could make a short side trip to a friend’s house to see how he was coming along with his project.
So I head over to the Trail, turn north towards his house. Hadn’t gone far and came up to a big detour sign in the road that took me around where I wanted to go. The power company was replacing power poles and had this narrow little two lane road blocked off to traffic.
So now I’m not sure about his street location in relation to the work going on so while in the detour I decide to approach from the north. Same problem. Turn to go south and come up to another detour sign that won’t let me by. He is somewhere in between and there doesn’t seem to be a way to get there the way things have been set up.
Rethinking, I decide that going back and trying from the south again will get me there even if I have to go around the detour sign. But then I’ll be coming up on the workers and their equipment. Don’t know if they’ll let me by to get to the street I want. Now the short quick trip is turning into a long one and I need to get back to what I was doing. So I go home.
Seems like there are a lot of situations like this happening lately. Start to do something and get side tracked or slowed down. Can’t just start at point A and proceed to point B without a lot of unforeseen detours. Or see and hear of things others are experiencing that puts them in the same position of having to rethink even rearrange what’s going on in their lives, some that are a lot more trouble or disturbing than losing the little time I did in my quick outing.
So Father, are You trying to show me something here or is this just one of those things that, well, they just happen?
Maybe He is wanting me to know that my preconceived ideas aren’t always what I conceived them to be.
Maybe He is wanting me to not be deterred, discouraged or overcome by obstacles.
Maybe He is wanting me to learn to press on when it's easier to turn back.
Maybe He is wanting me to have the common sense that now is not the time and be able to accept it.
Maybe He is wanting me to be able to experience inconveniences, obstacles, diversions, unrealized dreams or expectations, losses, road blocks of life without becoming impatient, irritable, irritating, overcome, depressed, without just casting aside and turning away, without giving up.
Maybe He is wanting me to accept, wait, praise, trust, deal with the moment, deal through the moment, remember we are walking together, He doesn’t abandon and know that
“…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with His purpose.” Romans 8:28 CJB.
And these are the exercises we are engaged in to get us where He wants us to be.
Our God is an awesome God!
May God’s love be in us all.