We’ve had a busy last couple of weeks, with our son getting married to his darling Maggie and many of our family members coming into town from various parts of the US, Canada and Australia. We’ve had some great memory making times.
Life however, is not always a bed of roses or joyful occasions like weddings or family fun times. Often we face roadblocks, obstacles along life’s path that can make or break us, define our character or derail us from our journey.
You may be driving down the road to your destination and be running late. You look for shortcuts, passing other cars when possible and gaining time as you go. You may be feeling pretty good about yourselves when suddenly right in front of you there it is, a dreaded roadblock. You can’t go any further. No detour sign is posted and you’re doomed to arrive late…if you even get to show up at all.
We just can’t escape the laws of the road – traffic signs, green lights, red lights, policemen and roadblocks Incidentally they somehow seem to show up every time we’re running late; Murphy’s law at work each and every time.
In life we can encounter roadblocks also and our response to them is very important because roadblocks are simply a fact of life.
The Sit and Wait Type
Some of us sit and wait at a roadblock, perhaps waiting for the road to reopen, for the “opportunity” to reappear or the blessing to come around the corner again. But while sitting at the roadblock, we can miss what God may have had for us while we now passively sit and wait. Waiting on the Lord does not equate with passivity. Sometimes God’s silence may be what we need to develop patience and learning to listen to God’s voice but while we don’t need to rush through the roadblock, we should also not sit and wait passively waiting and wasting time.
The Overspiritual Type
Some may believe the devil has placed the roadblock in front of them and that they are supposed to “plow on and push on through to the other side” completely ignoring the practical dangers of a roadblock.
I have discovered in my own life that usually it’s safe to be practical, turn around and look for another road. God is not limited to a single road to bring about his purpose in our lives. I have learned that on the other side of a roadblock, there may have been real danger and God protected me then and wants to protect me today. Yes the enemy can and does from time to time put obstacles before us to trip and hinder our progress, however, be certain of your next steps and do not ignore practicality as you make your next move.
Setting priorities straight, God is practical
God is quite practical and the Bible has the answers we all need; check out this scripture:
1 Corinthians 10:13 “Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward.”
When you face a roadblock, look around before you keep going through the obstacle. Look for God to provide an alternate path to get to your destination.
We should not view a detour as failure, yet many times we do. While pursuing a career, if my job takes me constantly away from my wife and children, it is practical to set my priorities straight, place the valuable people in my lives ahead of my career or perceived success, and look for another job. If you’re boss is asking you to lie and do unethical things on your job, it is practical and advised to stop and stand for principles of honesty and truth. Find another job.
If you’re reading this and you find yourself in a similar situation and wondering what to do, trust God, he is practical and understands our predicaments and our desire to do things right, He will make a way for you, He will open a door of escape, He will bring up ultimately to yours and our destination.
Detours are not failure. Running from a bad situation is not being a coward (ask Joseph – Genesis 39 MSG)
Next time your arrive at a roadblock, stop, ask the Lord what to do and remember, it’s okay to turn around and let God show you another way out. His purposes and desires for your life are constant and He will finish what He started. (Philippians 1:6)
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.