I’ve just returned from a road trip with a couple of friends. This seems to be the time of year that there is a lot of road construction going on. Some roads had barriers blocking off one lane while the road was being improved. Others were full of potholes that jarred the vehicle as we drove through them. One stretch of road had so many patches of fresh tar, that driving around them was like being on an obstacle course. A few times we travelled on gravel for several kilometers.
All of this reminded me of life. Our lives are constantly under construction. We are jarred by the unexpected potholes we encounter. Lots of times we have problems stick to us like tar. We don’t fully appreciate the smooth road of life until we have bumped along on the gravel for awhile. Just like driving on roads under construction, things may be tougher to navigate but we can do it if we slow down and consider the situation we are travelling through. God is working in us, reconstructing and repairing the damage that has been done. The process is not always pleasant, but it is necessary to enable us to travel the road that He has prepared for us.
Philippians 1:6 And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus. (Good News Translation)