Riding down the highway today on our way to my daughters appointment with the lung specialist, we had to enter into aconstruction zone. Seeing as how I am down in my back right now, I’m only able to endure the ride in the car, not able to drive so my eyes were able to wander around aimlessly at my surroundings. We have been dealing with so much in our lives right now that my mind is truly all over the place but one place I try to keep steering it no matter what, is on God and His awesome wonders and works. His faithfulness is so true and unending and our hearts know this but if we’re not careful the enemy will lead our mind into a desert where there he wants it to stay. So as I am looking around and noticing all the construction signs along side of the road, I see….
Construction Zone Ahead: As I see this sign I thought it was kind of obvious. You see all the evidence all around that there is just a big huge mess all around. No organization, and just stuff everywhere. But it hit me, my life is definitely in a construction zone right now! There is absolutely no organization in my life with all that’s going on and there’s just “stuff” everywhere that seems to throw me out of balance. I’m a neat organized person that pays attention to details and likes everything in its place nice and neatly, and I know that my Father is truly laughing at that part of me right now because in no way shape or form is my life in that neat and orderly manner right now. We know that when this construction zone is returned to normal, everything works a lot better, and will be easier to navigate through. That’s kind of the purpose of construction, right? Something wasn’t working the best that it could, it gets all tore up and broke apart, and then gets put back together in a way that works and gets things going in the right direction again! Then I see….
Blasting Zone Ahead: Wow, can I get an Amen right here? I definitely have felt like in the last few weeks my life has been a blasting zone. There has just been bombs going off every which away around us. Some we have shared with most of our friends and family and some only God knows about. But there has been a jack hammer at work in our life by the enemy and rocks have been blasting all over the place! But the beauty of it is this, even though the enemy may have that jack hammer in his hands right now, God is still controlling what rock goes where and how the end result comes out. It’s just part of the process, and our faith is what holds us together in the midst of these blasting zones. It’s going to clear away that old pavement that was all cracked up and rough, and God is going to lay down a new smooth pavement that’s all together just the way He wants it to be and it’s going to lead to where He wants it to lead to, no doubt about it and it will be beautiful! And so on we drive…
Blasting Zone Ends: Can I say Praise the Lord for the Blasting Zone Ends sign! When the blasting is over and things start to ease up in our lives we can rest a little easier, we feel as if we can breathe just a bit more. It’s when the blasting stops that we start to see the progress that God has made in our lives. We can’t see it when everything is crazy all around us and the rocks are flying, but oh the beautiful sight we see when it all starts to calm down! We see God’s plan start to come more in view and it’s like we are laying our eyes on the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen and for that moment in time it’s like everything stands still and it takes our breath away. It’s only the beginning of something new that He has in store for us and it’s absolutely the best feeling ever! The final sign that my eyes stumbled upon….
No Parking: I have to admit I chuckled within myself at the sight of this sign. What entered my mind surely wasn’t the intentions of the sign. I couldn’t help but ask myself, Why in the world would anyone want to park here? That got my wheels turning a little bit I have to admit. None of us would park within the blasting zone or the construction zone knowingly. It’s not a place we wish to find ourselves very often when we reflect on that honestly. It’s rough in the construction zones of life. But rather what entered my mind next was what I believe God wanted me to dwell a little more deeply on. Perhaps God doesn’t want us to park ourselves at the end of the blasting or construction zone and get too comfortable there as if we’re claiming our right to be there. Sometimes in life we move forward with a sense of entitlement in different areas as if we believe that we deserve a easy smooth ride through life never to experience any rocky times. Hmmmm….
Just as that “Construction Zone” through one of the busiest stretches of interstate that many of us travel and some on a daily basis is a frustration and a headache, we all have to admit that when they are done with their project, it may actually make the journey and the ride a little more enjoyable and less stressful. They have their blueprints for what the end result will look like and it has an objective and a goal of what they wanted to achieve and accomplish when all is said and done. We can’t see that because they choose not to show the general public what their plans are, just as our Awesome Father doesn’t always choose to show us, His Children, what His plans are. We can rest assure that He has a blueprint for our life, and He knows what the end result is that He’s out to achieve and accomplish within us.
His plans for our lives will always lead us in a better direction and make our journey more enjoyable along the ride. He never promises that there won’t be bumps in the road or potholes here and there, in fact He tells us that there will be in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” I believe He tells us right there, we are going to enter construction zones and some may last longer than we would hope for, we’re going to hit potholes along the way and bumps in the road, but He has already over come them all and we just have to trust that His blueprint for our lives is accomplishing the end result that is perfect for our lives!
Just don’t park at the end of the construction zone claiming your place, move over to the passenger seat, give God the steering wheel, and let Him drive you exactly in the direction He wants you to go! What a ride, a joyful ride that will be! So where should you park? Listen to what His word tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Philippians 4:8