2017-01-24 - Roundabouts
I was recently en route to my doctor's office for a regular thyroid blood test, when I encountered a brand-new roundabout. To say that I hate roundabouts would be too mild; I detest them. I just wanted to go straight ahead, to stay on the road as I was familiar with it - to travel the easy route. But no - I had to go around onto another street briefly, then wrap back onto my route. I finally figured it out, but it was stressful.
This is how our lives are, isn't it? We want to take the straight paths from Point A to Point B. Richard and I would have loved to just sail through 2016, with everything normal - family activities, church work, volunteer work etc. But God had a roundabout for us, Guillain-Barre Syndrome. We have made it 95% back around, but it has taken us a year. We are very thankful for the recovery - but naturally, we would have preferred a straighter route.
Our personal roundabouts occur in many forms - illnesses, financial hardships, work problems and many other situations. We will all encounter them eventually. We don't have to pretend to enjoy them; that would be dishonest, and after all, God is not the Father of lies. But we do need to ask God to help us deal with them, learn from them and seek to use them to help others.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (MSG) He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
I would love to hear about your roundabouts, and what you have learned from them.
Janice P. Moser