A couple of weekends ago we were dropping our daughter off at the movie theater to meet some friends. As my husband pulled over to a curb to drop her off across the street, a man began to walk toward us. She opened the back passenger door to get out, and he looked in, ready to take her spot. She panicked and flung herself back in the car and shut the door. He looked like he had seen a deer in the headlights as we pulled off to turn around and drop her off on the other side. About a minute later, a car of the same color, make and model pulled up and he got in. We all (including the mysterious man) began to laugh when we realized he thought we were his “Uber” car! What are the odds!
I was thinking this week about how many times I’ve prayed to the Lord for something throughout my Christian life, and even as of late…for healing, answers, relief, direction, help, His will. Resolution from conflict, protection and wisdom for my family, on and on…and the waiting can be hard. So many pat answers, quick fixes, temporary comforts will pull up to the curb of my heart and offer me a faster route than the one God has for me. These shortcuts almost always lead to the wrong side of town.
I’m learning to wait for the right Driver. Only He knows the best route for me. It sounds simple, but it’s really not. God’s way is often through construction zones and detours, because it isn’t about speed for Him. It’s about our growth, and learning to know Him more along the way.
When Scripture tells us He will lead us along straight paths and the smooth way, we can mistake that for the easy way. It’s straight and smooth for us spiritually speaking because when we look back, even though it seemed like a hard road at the time, we will see it was smoother indeed, a straight line to Him, one that kept us from the entrapment of sin’s consequences. And the more we learn to walk in His ways, because it’s developed perseverance and deeper faith in us, the smoother and straighter His narrow path will seem.
How have you been doing in the waiting lately?
“Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalm 25:4-5, NLT
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