Unexpected roadblocks are never fun. No kidding! That’s the understatement of the year! Roadblocks are never fun, no matter how you try to spin it. Moving right along with something and Wham! stopped dead in your tracks. Whether a literal roadblock or metaphorical, they both cause delay or completely stop progress. Not a body or a thing wants to be stopped or slowed down when momentum is at work, and that’s a law. Newton’s law in case you wanted to know. Roadblocks come in all shapes and sizes. The little spills that can be fixed in minutes, to the traffic jams that last hours, sometimes a roadblock can take us on detour for years.
Is there any way to avoid a roadblock? All of them, no, some of them, yes. Unexpected roadblocks are, well, unexpected. They are the ones we cannot avoid. They pop up without warning. They catch us by surprise. Some of them, however, we should see coming. Your engine light has been on for months, you have never had the oil changed, and you’re surprised when your car quits, really? We may not like admitting it, but we know most of our roadblocks could have been avoided. You know I’m right. We all know a bad decision as soon as we make it, but we follow through anyway. Then we try to convince ourselves it wasn’t that bad. That it will turn out alright, and nobody will get hurt. Then somebody gets hurt, it doesn’t turn out alright. All because we were not willing to admit we made a bad decision. Why do we live our lives like we don’t make mistakes? Hellooo!! We have all sinned remember, fallen short of God’s Glory. Our biggest roadblocks come, not when we make a mistake, but when we refuse to acknowledge our mistake and take the necessary steps to correct it. God allows us to fail so we might learn something. Yes, God is in favor of roadblocks. He desires that when we come to that halt, we will take a look around, access the situation, talk to Him, ask Him for help. Then move forward. But we sit there with one foot on the brake and one on the gas, mad and complaining, and as soon as that roadblock is barely out of the way, we are full speed ahead. Nothing learned, nothing gained, back on the road to nowhere.
When the next roadblock pops up in your life, try this. “Thank you God” “I don’t know what’s going on, why you just brought my life to a standstill, but you are God and I am not, and I trust Your ways.” Give Him time to complete the construction that is needed for you to proceed.