Morning Encouragement – Roadblocks to Higher Ground

Good morning,
How many have ever thought that God really does not need us for his world to operate? This would challenge the conventional thought that we are the center of the world. God invites us to be a part of his master plan. The problem with God’s plan is that God does not lay out for us every jot and tittle at one time. Consider road construction projects. Each spring roads and/or exits are closed down for construction. I know, for me, I have set routes for getting to work. When those routes are shut down for periods of time, it is an inconvenience that adds time to my travel. After a while, I get used to the new route and find it takes me less time to get where I am going; so, when the road opens back up again, I can switch routes.Roadblocks are an inevitable part of life which crop up usually when we are not paying attention. For me, it seems every time I would have some idea about where I want the course of my life to go, something happens to alter that plan. Many of you, like me, have written plans that you would like to see happen in the next 5 to 25 years. The problem is, we start off on those plans until something happens like, an illness, a job loss, a death or, you are handed a challenge that is bigger than you like Moses. When these things happen, you might ask “why is this happening God didn’t I pray hard enough or, use the right words”? These roadblocks may present themselves as the worst possible thing to happen; yet, in the long run, it turns out better than you can imagine. Consider Saul on the road to Damascus, God stopped him dead in his tracks. His plans were to reign in the rising tide of Christianity that was spreading over the Roman world. In the end, Saul became a Christian something he opposed openly until he ran into Jesus (Acts 9). Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with making plans.  From our plans, we gain a purpose for our life. If we have no plans or, as the song “Que serah serah whatever will be will be”[1]implies, the future will be the work of someone else and we will call it “God’s will”. The plans we make today coupled by our actions set a course for our future; however, the 900Lb gorilla in the room is the roadblocks. My encouragement to you today is, make plans for our life, make them big, vibrant, and living. When roadblocks pop-up, see them as challenges that will grow you.
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. (Proverbs 3:4-5)
Father,
  Thank you for the people who are reading these words. If mankind never made plans for his / her life, they would never know the power and authority God has given us over our life. In the years since the world was created, man’s plans have helped to develop the world as we know it. It must be difficult to be asked for help and yet be refused when your plans are different from ours. Yet, when we see the outcome at the end of the journey, we see your providence in action. Paul had an idea on how to eradicate the problem child in the community only to become a voice for the nation that altered the world around him. How much more so can we be the same in our world.  May your great Spirit lead us today
Yours in His Name
Mike

[1]Jay Livingston. Que’ Sera Sera. 1954

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