When I am traveling, or doing my walking, I always love when the surfaces are smooth. They are more comfortable when smooth. Driving on an uneven or bumpy street is just uncomfortable on your body and your car. Walking on rocky terrain or uneven ground takes more concentration and deliberate steps to ensure you will not fall or trip. Would life not be easier if all of our paths were in one piece, smooth, and even? It would be, but then what kind of attention would we pay to the path laid down before us? In our fantasy worlds, everything would be perfect. There would be no war, no poverty, no prejudices, no illnesses, no problems with money, and no heartache. There would be no troubles. Jesus Christ had different plans for that, however. He even told us so, in His Father’s word:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
That, indeed, tells us that we will have bumpy times and hard roads to travel. It also tells us that we will not be left alone during those times. Obstacles are put in place, so that we may place our focus on God. We always want to talk about how good God is when things in our lives are going our way. We tend to question God when things are not going our way. Unfair, to say the least. As hard as it is, I try to focus on how good God is even when my life is stormy and messed up.
“And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm”
— Casting Crowns
It is hard to stay faithful when things seem the hardest. It is hard to feel the presence of God when we feel so alone. He is always here for us. ALWAYS!
Yesterday, as I took my youngest kid to the university she will be going to in the fall to get some things done, we came upon this path that was not smooth nor even. It still got us to where we needed to be, but I was uncomfortable going across it. Our discomfort in walking where God has placed us does not mean we will not reach our destination. It just means we have reached a point where we need to seek God on a deeper level. Do not be afraid by broken paths. Be satisfied in knowing that you do not have to travel them alone and helpless.
Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
A broken path will still lead you to where you need to be.