Our lives may seem like construction zones at times. During these challenging seasons, we need to make sure we are prepared and that we fix the potholes in our own lives.
We joke that we have two seasons in Wisconsin – winter and construction! Construction zones are very inconvenient, especially when we’re in a hurry or in unfamiliar territory. It’s easy to get angry when driving through them, however they are necessary for our safety and can even make our lives easier in the end. Life is full construction zones – things that slow down us down or may take us on an unplanned journey. We need to adjust our perspective and realize these construction zones will strengthen our faith and draw us closer to God.
Most of us have become a little too dependent on our phones when we drive. In fact, many of us don’t even look at the map before leaving for a new destination – we blindly follow Google Maps instead! As Christians, we need to be prepared…for what lies ahead and for the chaos of this world. In order to be prepared, we must build our lives upon a solid foundation.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Mt. 7:24-25
We do this be knowing the Word of God (we need to be reading it and obeying it for it to be effective in our lives!).
Fix the Potholes in Your Life
If potholes aren’t fixed in the roads, they damage cars. Likewise, we need to fix the potholes (sin!) in our lives because sin damages us and our relationship with God.
“He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’ ”
You are going to miss out if you don’t live a life of obedience!