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My life is much the same way. I havent spent much time getting from one place to the other as the crow flies. In fact, I seldom even see any crows flying on my journey. My path is much too winding. There are few straight lines and many roadblocks, detours, potholes, sidestreets, and unforeseen difficulties. But as I look at the journey traveled so far, I can see the steady progress of Gods hand shaping me to be more than I was when I began my journey. Granted, it has been a series of starts and stops. Many of the best days I took two steps forward and one step backwards. I easily remember the mistakes and wrong turns Ive made that needed correction. Yet Gods Spirit has graciously kept working to make more of me.
|The travel on this road will always be full of surprises and hazards.|
I believe that if you will pause a moment and look at your life, you may find youve traversed a similar journey. In a world of instant everything, character and maturity are won by Gods Spirit and grace over time and over our stupidities, failures, mistakes, and sins. We dont like the detours or the potholes, but those are precisely the difficulties that God uses to craft us into something more. Our evil opponent would like to make us think no progress has been made, that our failures are circular and inescapable. He wants us to give up in despair with maturity always beyond our grasp. But incredibly, the God who knit us together in our mothers womb (Psalm 139:13-16) is the same God who is at work in every situation to bring us to an eternal good (Romans 8:28-29). What he has begun in us, he is determined to finish (Philippians 1:6) until we share in the glory of his perfect Son (Romans 8:18; Philippians 3:20-21).
Satan would love to defeat us through discouragement. He would love to have us stay off the road and quit our life as a traveler. The allure of no more difficult travel, of no detours and potholes, is tempting. But the biggest wrong turn we could make on our journey would be to quit making turns altogether and settle down where we find ourselves. While we may not be where we want to eventually be, that is what our journey is for. Ours is a journey of detours and potholes, but it is also a journey to Jesus.
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