Don’t you just hate it when you are running a little late, jump in the car, fasten the seat belt and head out. You get a few miles down the road and slow to a crawl… You ease the clutch out and inch forward five feet only to repeat the process at least fifty more times. You look at the time and have been in the rolling parking lot for over twenty minutes now…
One thing I have to admit is before the construction starts I am the first to complain about the pot holes and messed up roads. Every time I try and dodge a pitfall I tell myself: “why don’t they fix these blasted roads?”.
After a few months pass, the construction is over and you take that first trip on the new road and have a tow-mater moment! It rides so smooth and so quiet, it is just a pleasant joy to drive! Imagine if you decided to take an alternate route and never went back to check out the new road! Eventually the road does start to get the potholes again so the construction crew breaks out the cones again.
One certainty in this world is that we will face trials! Some people chose to take another path and run from God but we all live life wishing things were better and the path was smoother. When the time comes to improve our own lives not many embrace it with enthusiasm but after the Lord does His work in us if we allow it, our lives are new and so much better and we appreciate the new outlook and are filled with joy. If we don’t maintain that new relationship, our lives will eventually get bumpy again. It is no easy task in this fast paced society to stop, be quiet and wait for the Lord.
It is my prayer for both myself and you that we do not reject correction from the Lord but instead see the good works the Lord is doing and then maintain and hone a life filled to overflowing with the true joy and peace that goes beyond understanding.
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” -Jeremiah 18:1-6