“But He knows the way I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
We have lived midway between our nation’s capital and our state capital for more than thirty years. Traffic has always been challenging, but over the past decade it has gotten much worse. Construction is always going on somewhere. A trip that should take thirty minutes can take two or three hours.
I try to avoid construction areas whenever possible. They cause delays. Sitting for long periods aggravates my back pain. I get frustrated and impatient. If I have to take a detour, I may get lost. But there are times when construction zones are unavoidable if I want to reach my destination.
My health problems remind me of construction zones. My ongoing pain, discomfort, and problems cause delays. I lose out on things I want to do. I sometimes have to take detours and follow new routes, such as trying a new medicine or exercise, eliminating a certain food, or changing my sitting or sleeping position. I become frustrated and impatient. I want to move on.
But what is the purpose of construction? Usually to build something newer and better. God has a purpose for the construction zones in my life. He knows what thoughts, attitudes, and responses needs to be improved to conform me more into the image of Christ. The changes He is making in me are part of His grand design and roadmap for my life, so that I will accomplish His purposes for me here on earth and for all eternity.
The Lord knows the difficult roads I must take now. My patience and my faith are being tested. But by that same faith, I must believe it’s worth going through this construction in anticipation of the heavenly roads that lie ahead.
Prayer: Lord, this life would be easier without the construction zones of pain and problems. Give me patience, perseverance, and a willing attitude to travel the roads You have planned for me, knowing the trials they bring are for my benefit. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
What are the most challenging construction zones you are going through now? What changes do you think God is trying to work in you through them?
God never deserts us. Life is full of detours because of the construction going on in our life, but He is with us every curve and valley along the way. This song, “Alive Again” with Matt Maher, is a reminder that God can give us refreshment and make us feel alive again even when we are weary of the journey. -Lisa