“And it will be said: ‘Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” –Isaiah 57:14
Sometimes Lexi’s outing isn’t a walk, it’s an obstacle course. We have to dodge the neighbor balancing hot coffee, evade the oncoming dog on a leash, duck the garbage truck, avoid the cyclist, sidestep the mud—all before we get to the end of the parking lot. Sharp left, quick right, pivot, drop! Sometimes our faith walk feels like an obstacle course, too. We have to dodge temptation, evade idolatry, avoid anger, duck selfish ambition, sidestep envy (Galatians 5:19-21). It can feel more like American Gladiators than Follow the Leader (who is Christ). But if we do dodge, weave, duck, and swerve, we’ll discover that—in fact—we’re on the straight and narrow path. When Lexi has to navigate an obstacle course, I keep her close to my side. When we walk more closely with God, the obstacles have a way of disappearing.
Dear God, Please remove the obstacles that get in my way of walking in faith. Amen