God Uses Road Blocks to Direct Us
A couple of days ago, my husband, and I were talking about dreams and goals; we both had them in our past, like so many other people we know. We concluded that trying to reach some of our dreams was like taking a journey on a long highway, or road leading to an unknown destination. Places we knew we would love once we got there, or someone, or something special awaited our arrival, if we only kept going.
Road trips are necessary, I have found if we are going to fulfil God’s plan for our lives. I have to tell you however, that some of my earlier efforts to follow God’s leading, I missed because I did not know what to expect. Though I set out to trust him, I allowed anxiety, confusion, and hindrance to stop me from finishing the trip.
Remember, his call on our lives does not necessarily mean he wants us all in the ministry. God calls us all too different vocations, but he wants to direct our careers for the good of the whole; he only wants us to practice longsuffering with others, while we do our jobs in business, construction, the arts, education, science, medicine, etc. I am a writer. My books, all of them, are worldly themed and have scenes filled with dangerous adventures, fantasy places, odd characters, people with volatile behaviors, non-graphic sensuality, romance, murder, and even death; all of these situations, I have found in the bible. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit always leads me to show God’s great love to the forlorn, and his grace to the villain, as well as the hero. This imitates his love for us in real life.
Just like God, a good GPS system helps the traveler along unfamiliar pathways more comfortable; but it is only reliable, if it can reach a satellite feed, or if its maps are updated. I was too busy to spend time in prayer and communion with God to get updated information; but still sought to reach his plans for my life; like following an outdated GPS system, I ran into situations, I never expected. My pathway grew askew, I ran into blockages that took away my faith and hope, and I lost the strength to fight the battles that came before me. These unexpected roadblocks easily pulled me away as the challenges to reach God’s plan grew wearisome; the desires began to disappear. I allowed the distress of moving forward to restrict me, and thought the sacrifice God asked was too much to handle. Over the years, I forget about the visions, letting some go permanently, pushing others back into my unconsciousness.
I remembered that Jesus told me, it would be in Matthew 7:14 (ESV) “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life…” I forgot he said, Philippians 1:6 (KJV) “Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;” and what Jesus said, John 10:10 (KJV) says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Like I always profess, and praise God for, he never forgot about me. God in his faithfulness used roadblocks, to stop my own bullheadedness sometimes; he knew my own pathway headed for problems that could defeat or destroy me, and not just hold me back. Although I thought these roadblocks were for my harm, they always ended up for my good. After I had time to think about the blockages, I thanked God he closed the door. The beauty of it is, not only that he kept me from making a terrible mistake, when he closed one door, he had a much better door open. Romans 8:28-29 (KJV) says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
God remained faithful to me, and he is faithful to you as well. If we allow him, through the guidance of his Holy Spirit, he will help us reach his plan for our life; only then will we experience true happiness. We have to be close to him, so we can listen when he speaks.