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Road Block or Toll Booth?

Avoiding potential disaster is not how my husband likes spending his holiday. However, this past Memorial Day, instead of BBQing, he reverted into crisis prevention mode because the main hard-drive of our company’s server decided to stop working. If it wasn’t back up and running for the following morning, we’d have an entire staff with nothing to do without a computer or internet. The IT company we pay to help us in crisis told us they were on vacation and good luck getting a hard drive on a holiday. Thankfully, a good friend who happens to work in IT stepped in and saved the day, for which we are very grateful.

Roadblock or Tollbooth?

Toll Booth

Tim Elmore, the author of Habitudessays we have to decide whether we let our problems be roadblocks or toll booths. When we run into a roadblock, we’re stuck. Our problem either makes us immobile or sends us back to the way we came. When we see our problems as toll booths, we pay the price and move past them to keep going.

Proverbs 24:16 says, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

Dwelling on our problems keeps us stuck. God doesn’t want us not to ignore our issues, but He doesn’t want our issues to keep us trapped. We will fall, but Proverbs says we should dust ourselves off and keep going. Pay the consequence and move forward. Expect adversity so you’ll be ready to overcome and move past it.

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Hand on steering wheel of car

Road Closures – the Struggle of Getting to our Destination

I waged a battle to get home today. There’s construction on the road in front of my Hand on steering wheel of car demonstrating the frustration of being stuck in a road closurehouse. I’d finished work and was headed home through crawling traffic when I came across the dreaded sign that says Road Closed. In order to get home, I had to convince two police officers that I lived on my street, traverse chopped up asphalt with protruding manhole covers that were high enough to carve a groove in the undercarriage of my car, weave through orange cones, construction vehicles, and workers, and play chicken with another car blazing down the single lane directly in front of me. I’m not certain if I should be proud of the fact that the other driver backed down first.

Sometimes life is a construction zone, with bumps, road closures, and obstacles everywhere. We struggle to press forward, to keep our eyes on our purpose or goal. Some days we’re stuck in idle or crawling along with our speedometer barely above zero. Other days we zooming at hundred miles an hour praying we don’t crash. When I turned into the construction zone, I knew I had to get to my destination. My kids’ bus would be arriving soon to drop them off. I knew where I needed to be and nothing would stop me, not even a road closure.

Jesus said, “In this life, we will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). He didn’t say life would be a breeze, all fun and games, kicks and giggles. He said we will have trouble, but we can rest in His assurance that He has overcome the world. The earth is His footstool. On those tough days, I remember that this is not our home. We are strangers in a strange land. We are meant for Heaven. If we just keep our eyes on our destination and keep pressing forward, nothing can stop us from getting home.

“…On this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18

 

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