My friend, may I ask you a question? Life has many pitfalls; should we be avoiding them, always looking for some way to go around them? Or should we faithfully walk through them trusting that God has a purpose?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
A number of years ago I was walking with my grandson James down our driveway; a driveway full of small potholes. He was five and had a whole different perspective on life than his Grandpa. It had rained and the indentations were filled with pools of cool water standing around, just waiting to drain away, but their time had not yet come. As I walked with him down the driveway I made it a point to step carefully around each pothole so as to avoid getting my feet wet. James, on the other hand, couldn’t really see the point to that. While I stepped around the holes, he saw it his job to step right in and watch the water splash up around his little ankles. I saw the pools as danger and he saw them as anything but. I guess it’s all in your perspective, and mine and his were very different.
Just as James was not afraid to get his feet wet, you and I should never fear the many potholes that life often presents. Life has many pitfalls; should we be avoiding these like I avoided getting my feet wet, or faithfully walking through them like James?
Here’s a story: Since the Portuguese withdrew from Angola over twenty years ago, the country's roads, bridges and transportation systems have fallen into disrepair while the country engaged in civil war. Bridges have collapsed and the roads are full of potholes. On a recent trip to Angola, a missionary was being driven through this impoverished, war torn country to assess the needs, when he noticed that his driver made no attempt to avoid the deep potholes and ruts characteristic of that nation’s highways. In fact, his driver seemed to be avoiding those places where it some repair work had been carried out–those few holes that had been filled in. Curious, he asked his driver why he avoided those few relatively smooth patches of road. “Because,” came his reply, “That’s where the land mines are.” (Source unknown)
God sends adversity into our lives not with the aim of getting us into trouble; normally far from it. Rather, he sends adversity into our lives so that we might witness his willingness to defend and protect us despite these pitfalls. In that sense, my grandson James was right as he stomped through every puddle he could find. Life’s puddles are meant to be stepped in. In fact, like those Angolan potholes, when we are confronted by these it’s probably a good idea not only to step into it but to aim for it. Often we feel that the path of least resistance is the better path in life. Not the case. It’s certainly not the path that Jesus walked while here on earth and its not the path God has often put in front of you and I either. See an adversity puddle today? This time try stepping in it and find out how willing our God is to protect you, and how safe you really are even when all you can see are potholes all around.
We pray. Heavenly Father, when pitfalls enter into our lives our first response is usually one of fear and avoidance. What possible good could these difficult and hurtful things do in our lives? We look for a smooth way out. Forgive us when we fail to see that often the safest and most secure path is the one, no matter how difficult, you have laid out for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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