Caution: Road Block Ahead

imageMy normal twenty-minute trip of taking Oliver to school took me about 45 minutes this morning. Even my alternative route was closed.  So I had to go another way, then another, and another. I got home and made myself a cup of coffee before I took off again to go shopping…by myself. Any parent knows the joy it brings to shop alone. I cannot tell you the frustration I felt when I looked out my window and saw my road was blocked. Yep, I live on the corner of a court with no other way out. I felt trapped and completely ticked.

All I could think of was how the construction is messing with my life and plans.  

I took a few deep breaths and then sat in my favorite chair. My 72 pound lap dog jumped up on my lap and nestled in. Ranger’s drowsy eyes looked up at me before his big wrinkly head landed on my hand. He loudly exhaled and then closed his eyes.  Within a minute he was snoring.

Apparently my dog was quite pleased with the construction that led to my being trapped. I rubbed his head with my free hand and began to relax. I realized I probably needed my dog and favorite chair more than I needed shopping. I began to sip my coffee and my thoughts carried me away.  I wish I could say they carried me away from construction, but it was not so.

It dawned on me how easily we become frustrated with road blocks. Sometimes it is all we think about.  Sometimes it trickles down into every aspect of our lives.

I’m not speaking the literal sense of a road block. I’m sure you’ve already picked up on that, though. You may even be nodding you head and are thinking of a situation in your own life. You are ready to move on. You want to go where you think/know you want/need to go, but you just can’t get there for because of the stinking road block.

Presently, I do not have any major road blocks. At least none I am aware of. I can recall the ones I’ve had in the past. I remember the frustration. I remember the only if’s. Only if…then my life would be better. I could accomplish more. I could be a better mom, spouse, friend, or whatever. I could be more faithful.  I could be more…

What we fail to see is the significance of the road block. God needs for us to stop so He can do the construction needed within us and around us. He is the one who knows the best path. We need to trust Him when He takes us on unexpected or inconvenient ways.

Amazing how with just a twist of perspective, the meaning of trapped and inconvenienced transforms into our ever-loving God fixing and beautifying us and our path called life.

14 responses to “Caution: Road Block Ahead”

  1. Reblogged this on Call to Witness and commented:
    After the children of Israel left Egypt, they knew what their mission was: to possess the land of Canaan, the Promise Land. However, before they could claim their godly inheritance, the people had to go through the wilderness. While in this desolate place, Israel encountered a lot of challenges; most of them were found within themselves.
    The wilderness was a road block for the children of Israel that compelled them to wait on God. They were eager to go fulfill their mission and they did not understand why there was such a delay. Didn’t God want them to possess the land or not?
    That is a question that many believers in God also ask when they run into these spiritual road blocks set up by God. Little do we realize, these delays are essential before we can proceed. Eagerness to do something is not enough to prepare us for the unexpected challenges that we might encounter on our mission. These hardships may even discourage us from continuing on the journey.
    That is the purpose for God’s road block. For Israel in the wilderness, the road block’s purpose was to build up the nation spiritually, so that they would be ready for the challenges that they will face in the conquest. This also applies to us as well.
    We may think we are ready, but God says not yet. Everything that happens in life runs according to the Lord’s timetable and not our own. We must trust the Lord’s timing and allow Him to work in us patience and dependence upon His ways. Then and only then will the road block sign be put down and we can proceed.

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  2. If we could see those roadblocks as protection from what’s ahead, protection from ourselves. Sometimes it takes a “twist of perspective.” I’m glad you had some downtime with your big baby!

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