"I came to the Mission on my own, and I'm so glad I did…I've been able to get away from the temptations that have really hurt me. I have a better perspective on my life and what God wants for me."
I’m sure the vast majority of people reading this have been affected by the road work and blockages happening in and around Akron recently. There seems to be no end in sight for all of this work. As I was stuck in a sea of hot and disgruntled people travelling home from work this week, God put on my heart that roadblocks, both literal and figurative, are all part of His plan.
I thought of all of the people I see at the Mission each day: residents, clients, volunteers, staff, Board members, and anyone else who might find their way through our doors. Everyone has experienced some sort of roadblock. It could be a hiccup in a project that a staff member hoped would go smoothly, a discouraging health diagnosis of a resident’s loved one, or the struggle of a new job search for a volunteer who was recently laid off. Even though we may see no end in sight for troubles like these in our lives, God has a plan to make beautiful things blossom from our roadblocks.
Sometimes God is using these blocks so we become still and are able to listen to His words. Maybe He is using it so we begin to evaluate ourselves or just sit back and watch Him work miracles that could not have been done if the block wasn’t there. Perhaps He is even giving us the opportunity to look back and see the bountiful blessings that have come from what He has been doing for us in hindsight. All we need to do is look through Exodus to know just how capable God is at bringing us through roadblocks. God took the Israelites through an entire wilderness before they reached the Promised Land. He could have taken a shorter path, but He knew what the Israelites needed and how best to reach their hearts.
So, next time I find myself behind a roadblock, literal or figurative, I will ask the Lord what He would have me see and do as I am waiting on Him to move around me. Just when I think I have it all figured out I will call upon His words in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” God has a plan for all parts of our life, good and bad. Let us trust in Him and His plan.