There are destinations in life where there is really only one way to get there without having to go through an off trail.
Driving down a long yet necessary trip by myself to Ohio left a lot of time to reflect. I passed through many areas that were “Under Construction” and they do not close off the road. Even so they wait for the darkest hours to get the work on the road done… And still they do not close off the road. People have to pass through. It is necessary, this is the only way to go. It can be a bit inconvenient, slow, noisy, scary and rough, but we proceed with much precaution.
There are always signs all around us with warnings ahead even before we approach the working site. As we pass through the rough road it may be at a reduced speed but the fixing needs to occur for the great big plan of an improved road. For us… there is a great big plan that He has of an improved and healthy life!
Eventually we get to the smooth road and it feels like you are driving in a space ship. Everything is going well and even fast. Times like this are constant for us, when we know which road we have to take. As we keep moving to where we need to go there is always going to be the rough road area to pass through and the smooth road area. Rightfully so with many signs all around… This still takes you to your destination. Even when the road moves from narrow to wide. So inconvenient… But in the great scheme of things, it is all just necessary. Fixing needs to occur.
“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold”
We are like that in our walk of life. We still have to go through that direction. Especially when we make commitments! I made a commitment to be somewhere and this was the WAY to get there. There were moments of frustration and other times where I was in smooth sailing. What an experience.
And even through the journey there were so many places that were breathtaking… I was catching quick glimpses of amazing areas. I wish I could have stopped and had more time to appreciate all of God’s creation but I had to keep going. In this particular case timing was essential for my arrival and departure.
I did get to see beautiful skies, the patches of rain, the sunset and the dark of the night.
I can determine at this point in my life, I have never been SO SURE of the road that I need to take. I have a great vehicle as my tool for travel. I have an amazing GPS! And I also have an Estimated Time of Arrival so AT LEAST I have an idea more or less when I am going to get there if I keep moving down this road into this direction with the least amount of pit-stops that delay my arrival. This is how I feel with God as my source. My mind is driven. My mind is steadfast on Him! The road I am taking is the road WITH GOD! I know what I am called to do. I know where I am assigned to be. I know WITH WHO I am supposed to be there with and I am going to do my best.
I may make some mistakes along the way that cause delay because I am not a perfect person. But I do know this, I am going to do all things with God in my life and will always find that place in His presence where I completely belong with every good thing about me and with every flaw. I know that in the darkest times of my life is when most of the “road work” is getting done to make me more refined and renewed. God is rebuilding me day by day and it is a constant work. It is an ongoing construction site in my life. But God is the master architect and has great blue prints of my life. I trust that He has outlined everything to perfection and know all His things will come to pass for me.
When I woke today…I saw the dark road ahead. I remembered the different textures of the road as I drove through rough ground and smooth ground. In all of that I got to do what I was supposed to do. It was worthwhile. As I do get to spend this time alone, I reflect on all the places in my life where God has taken me. I sometimes beat myself over the bad stuff but I quickly bring myself to that place where He has given us grace! Tremendous grace! And I don’t want to take that for granted on my road trip. I want to acknowledge Him in all my ways. Even through things that weren’t the sharpest. I know He will love me no matter what and cover me with that grace. He took all my sins and burdens to the cross– PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE.
Through the construction I am able to see His superstructure!!! He shows us the path, we take it and in it we will have all the fullness that we need… He is the best builder there is! There is no other route to take but through His construction site. Just go through it.
“As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.”
Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.
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December 31st, 2015 at 5:23 am
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