In my hometown, there is an unusual intersection. Five roads meet in this one spot. Rush hour navigation can be time-consuming. Knowing and getting in the correct lane is a challenge sometimes.
Life is sort of like this crossroads. Maneuvering our way into the proper lane is difficult at times. Having a desire for a right turn and getting there depends on others letting you in. Being rude and getting someone else to let you in may work. Going with the flow and changing lanes when it’s safe requires discernment, but impossible at times. Then, making a U-turn to get back on track is another adventure.
The spiritual road of life often requires directional changes. Often, these transformations are not easy, sometimes confusing even with roadblocks. Pondering the directional change and the Lord’s timing may cause us to hesitate.
Prayer petitions, listening to God, and obeying him are key. Moses made a course change at the burning bush. David’s life changed because of a sling. Paul experienced blindness before knowing God’s intention. Peter failed several times before getting himself ready to speak on the day of Pentecost. Setbacks are not unusual for those wanting to obey God. Although setbacks are not fatal, they make the Christian stronger for future works for the Lord.
One thing is for sure, God’s instructions are there for us to follow. Delays and personal hurts are hindrances. However, there are no stop signs on your spiritual road of service. Maybe turn signs, yield signs, or rockslides ahead signs will be on your journey. But believers have a promise from God. He said he would never leave us.