Saturday, February 6, 2016

Obstacles



“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will put obstacles before this people. Parents and children alike will stumble over them; neighbors and friends will perish.’” –Jeremiah 6:21

One mornings that way. But Lexi confidently trotted during the usual path and was brought up short by this unexpected obstacle. Lexi and I found our usual route blocked by an orange mesh construction fence. I could see from several feet off that we wouldn’t be able to pass that way. Lexi, however, heedlessly trotted down our customary track and was brought up short by this unexpected obstacle. I could almost hear her thinking, “Huh.” She gazed through the fence to the other side (where the grass was greener, of course), but for a minute she couldn’t figure out how to get where she wanted to go. Then she turned and followed the fence to its end, rounded the last stake, and backtracked along the opposite side of the fence until she located the path she knew we were supposed to take. If only we humans were so dogged. In Jeremiah 6:21, God warns the Israelites that he will put obstacles in their way. They’re going the wrong way. They have to turn aside and find a different path, or they’ll stumble and fall. But it’s no good if they simply turn aside and wander off. They have to search until they find the right path to walk. We have to locate the path we know we’re supposed to take.

Dear God, When you put an obstacle before me, show me which way to turn to get back to the right path. Amen

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