ROAD CONSTRUCTION

The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

ISAIAH 40:4-5, NKJV

 

I don’t know about you, but I hate road construction. I live in a growing city, and it seems like there has been ongoing road construction for years. Everything is a mess and I can never plan my trips because of delays. Sometimes I get caught off guard when traffic signs are placed in unusual places and the natural flow of traffic takes me off the main road onto bumpy surfaces.
 
Recently, one of our main local roads developed a sinkhole. The road was closed for more than a year. We had to take alternative routes that were inconvenient, and it took longer to get places.

Sometimes God takes us through our own reconstruction project. Our lives get disrupted, we can no longer depend on the things we did before and we don’t have control over our circumstances or timetable. God is doing major reconstruction.
 
However, even in the midst of the reconstruction, the glory of the Lord is revealed in that place. For some of us, it is the first time we’ve ever seen the hand of the Lord move at such a degree. Reconstruction is a process we would never choose to go through voluntarily, but it is an experience we value for the rest of our lives, because the glory of the Lord was revealed in the process.
 
Once the process is complete, things begin to flow better. Just as the new roads allow us to drive on a smooth and more spacious area, God paves a way for us to move into an expanded place with Him. Isaiah tells us, “He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows” (Isaiah 30:23)
Be patient with God’s reconstruction project. You will like the finished project.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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