2016-07-20 - Unmarked Pavement
Have you ever driven on a newly-paved stretch of road, that still needed the lines painted onto it? While it becomes a smooth ride physically, it can still be somewhat disconcerting, with no guidelines for finding your way. It’s particularly unsettling to have those lines missing at night. Although we should always pay attention to details when those markers are available, having to focus so intently without any can be stressful, and perhaps cause us to make unnecessary errors in judgment that can put us and others in harms’ way. And so is the purpose of traffic markings such as lines on the road, and signs by the side, as instruments of our safe journey.
Going through this life can sometimes feel like being on unmarked pavement, should we not have guidance and parameters. That is the purpose of a loving heavenly father. He wants to be our instrument of safety, on a journey that can be marked by challenging, highly painful as well as wonderfully meaningful moments. He gently lays down markers, not to hinder us and make us feel like prisoners, but to guide us while allowing our gifts to be shared in ways that others will also know His love for them. When we look to him for help, and we trust his motives, then what may have once seemed like restrictions, will then become avenues for achieving an ultimate peace of mind. He can be our painted lines on a new road. They make things clear, they gently move us along our path, and they always conclusively lead us to safety - and in the end a better place - with Him.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted