I prayed for and anticipated an easier path when I started on Your Way. I even prayed, “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a level path...” (Psalm 27:11). The Way hasn't turned out as I expected. I don't like these uncertain life-road conditions.
Why so many detours? “Make Your way straight before me” (Psalm 5:8). That doesn't seem such a difficult request. Why is it taking me so much longer to get to the goal You showed me? “For You I wait all the day...” (Psalm 25:5). I don't mean to be impatient, Lord, but sometimes it's like I'm wandering with the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness. I don't think Your clock is in sync with mine.
Hills and valleys, ups and downs. Didn't You promise that You would “make the crooked ways straight and the rough places smooth?” People in the know say that You can draw straight with crooked lines. My ways are certainly crooked. I get dizzy trying to follow You. I was under the impression that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. Perhaps my tape measure is different from Yours? I'm becoming kind of weary with the length of life's road and it's condition—always “Under Construction.”
From my perspective, it seems that all these road blocks in my path aren't necessary. When You tell me the direction You want me to go, I'm willing to go. I'm eager to obey You, and I quite expect to get there in record time. This is how it goes: I start out well but before long something always hinders me and I have to change course. I'm under the impression that I am following You obediently when I see a door opening before me—but then the door slams shut and I have to look for another way to go where You told me to go. Didn't I hear You clearly in the first place?
Sometimes the path You've told me to take leads through the fire, sometimes through the flood. I would rather go around those useless and painful obstacles, if You don't mind. So many stops and starts and detours and delays waste time in my estimation.
Oh, You have a Divine GPS and I don't, Lord? “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” I get it. It's that part of my journey between Start and Finish that You planned differently, right?
You have a purpose for what seems to me an unnecessarily bumpy journey? You are concerned with my response and my trust in You when I encounter all these adverse life road conditions? It’s me who is under construction?
Yes, I hear You, Lord. Loud and clear. I'm trying to understand.
Lead on to Your Destination for me, O King Eternal!
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