“He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.” –Lamentations 3:9
While our neighborhood flood mitigation project was on-going, some roads were blocked to traffic and dog-walkers. It drove Lexi crazy. She would approach a concrete construction barrier and sniff all around, looking for a way through. I would gently lead her in another direction. Then she would lead me in a circle back to the barrier. She knew she was supposed to be able to go that way. I would lead her away again, but she would circle back again. She couldn’t understand why the way was blocked. Sometimes we don’t understand why God has blocked our way. We can sympathize with the writer of Lamentations: we feel like God is working against us. We get frustrated and discouraged. But Scripture reminds us, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 9:25-26). Eventually the roads reopen; the barriers are removed; and we can go forward with God.
Dear God, Teach me to be patient when the way is blocked. Amen