Caution: Road Construction

Does life ever feel like a stretch of highway under road construction?

Before moving to the beautiful state of California, I lived in Upstate New York. I survived many long, cold, snowy winters and I have experienced the joy of hitting pot- holes so deep that I bent the rims on my car. Ouch.

There is a saying that most New York drivers know and believe to be true and it is this:
New York only has two seasons of the year: winter and road construction.

Sometimes it feels the same way in our relationship with Jesus.

There may be times when our hearts feel cold, hard and embittered to the world around us, much like an icy winters day.
Other times it appears as if our hearts are undergoing some serious road construction.

Now, I’m not referring to the average filling of pot- holes kind of construction, but the major work that requires heavy equipment, cement barriers and caution signs that flash out a warning to motorists.

This is the type of reconstruction where the surface gets striped away and the foundational issues get addressed. I believe there are times when our hearts go through a similar reconstruction phase.

Just like road construction serves a purpose, this rebuilding and repairing process is necessary for us, as we move and grow into a deeper understanding of who we are in Christ and in our relationship with God and others.

Often we find ourselves avoiding construction with God because it is inconvenient.Who really wants to take longer to get to their destination?

In order to really grow in Christ and address our hurts, habits and hang-ups, road construction of the heart is necessary. It is not always convenient, neat or the shortest route to our destination, but when we allow the Lord to direct the traffic of our heart – He will get us safely to our destination on a route designed for each one of us.

If this is your season of road construction, you may feel as if you are stuck in traffic with no way out and your gas tank is on empty. This is the place of surrender.

Surrender is hard and it is scary. It is also necessary as we allow the Lord to work in our lives at the foundational places that need attention.

Maybe you struggle with anger, jealousy, insecurity or anxiety. Perhaps the foundation of your heart is crumbling due to circumstances beyond your control such as abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Regardless of the issues you find yourself dealing with, the Lord God is with you in this.

He has a plan and a purpose for your pain. He will not route you around the construction like your cars GPS. He will take you through it turn by turn with precision, care and accuracy so that healing and restoration occur in the deepest places.

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:1-3)

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

If you are experiencing a detour due to some heart construction, I’d love to pray for you. Let me know by leaving a commment….thanks!


2 thoughts on “Caution: Road Construction

  1. Katie Chaney says:

    Wow, Karen, did you hit the nail on the head.  LOL  However, I think I’m led to take an entirely different approach to this road construction.  Instead of with trepidation (as was the case in the past when God led me through the construction zone) I’m dealing with challenges with new hope, new promise and much faith.  I’m getting to that age when I can either remain in my job for another several hundred years or retire soon.  I also have an enticing prospect on the horizon for an immediate restaurant that I could open with some effort and some work (notice I didn’t say “tons of effort and tons of work”).  I do enjoy my job and it’s very fulfilling.  I do love to bake and cater and cook for people.  So I’ve been torn.  But with God at the helm, I know that He won’t let me fail.  I know that if I seek His will for my life and follow after Him, I can’t go wrong.  I’ve almost drawn my conclusion and it’s exciting.  I’m not going to tell which just yet as He’s not shown me the end of this detour yet.  But I’m waiting with much love, much trust, much faith and much anticipation of the next repaving or bridge of my life.  Even if that decision is to stay exactly where I am.  Thanks for putting this into perspective for me.  And I thank you for praying that God gives me the wisdom I need to recognize where His detour in my life will take me.  xo  katie 

    • KAREN COOK says:

      Katie – it is so exciting to know that you are going turn by turn into new territory with the Lord. I will be praying for you as you continue to trust what the Lord has for you in either remaining or moving on. Thanks for sharing your perspective…it is a joy for me to call you friend. Grace & peace to you on this journey…

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