You’re In My Way!

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When driving to work, I leave with enough time to get there and still get things done around the house before I leave,

This past week, I was surprised by an unexpected challenge.

As I was driving out of our neighborhood, a family of ducks slowly made their way across the street, their progress only a tad faster than a snail’s pace. Cars had stopped and were lined up waiting for the feathered parade to pass.

Once the ducks made it to the other side of the street, we all moved half a block further and stopped once again. A large turtle was making its way with excruciating slowness from one side of the street to the other. Our turtles here are quite large, and they tend to move from pond to pond. This isn’t an unusual sight, but right after the ducks, I was impatient.

We moved another two blocks only to be halted by a pair of sandhill cranes making their way across the highway. These are large birds, protected by law, and they don’t care one twit for people. They stared at the cars while they paused on the road. A few honked their horns, which didn’t phase these birds one iota.

I was late for work. But I did have quite a chuckle as I drove. Not one but three obstacles, all unplanned, each annoying. But definitely funny.

We live in a hurry-up world, where time is valued, producing all we can is imperative, and wasting anything–from our natural resources to time–is frowned upon.

Circumstances happen. Unexpected obstacles show up over which we have no control. And our schedule, which we value, is upended.

Responses can vary. We can be frustrated with what has happened, which affects no one but us. We can become angry with lost time, which can impact those around us in a negative way. If it’s something painful, we can grieve our miserable luck and feel stuck in the hurt.

Or we can see such situations as opportunities. Chances to pivot and try something new.

The apostle Paul had the opportunity to see an amazing vision of paradise from God that he knew was a privilege.

“Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his. best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty. At first, I didn’t think of it as a gift and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then He told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9a

God is more concerned for our character than our comfort. Challenges are often opportunities for us to become more than we are.

If we trust God to teach us in His love.

Life can be seen as a major obstacle or a series of possibilities.

How do you see it?

11 responses to “You’re In My Way!”

  1. Yes, the difference in attitude between ‘my’ time, and His.

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    1. Oh, Allan, you are SO right about this. And that’s the thing that gets in the way–my attitude!

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  2. Hi Dayle! Wow a great post, not only for the incredible amount of animals you have crossing your roads (we have none here) and i love the God cares about your character not your comfort part too! I’ve prayed so many times for my blindness to be healed by our mighty God…And like Paul i always quote the same scripture and tell myself that His Grace is sufficient especially when i’m getting too frustrated with my situation! And yet i’ve never seen so clearly since going blind! 🙏 😀
    Thanks so much for such a wisdom filled post!

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    1. Steve, do you realize how profound that statement is? “I’ve never seen so clearly since going blind.” It’s a statement of faith in the sovereignty of God even if you don’t understand what He’s doing. Thanks for your sweet words.

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  3. He has a way of slowing us down when we get to harried and risk losing touch with Him – and with all our wonderful world-mates!

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    1. You are absolutely right, my friend. I still don’t like being slowed down when I’m not ready, however. That’s me being my selfish self. But I’m learning! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  4. I’m on the learning curve of cultivating a “perspective of possibilities.” Not easy, but the positive and cheerful attitude that results is certainly a worthy objective! Thank you for your encouragement here, Dayle, and next time you see the ducks, turtle and sandhill cranes, thank them for me for their lesson in patience and calmly taking life as it comes!

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    1. Nancy, I love your attitude! I need to thank God for those inconveniences and open my eyes to what I can learn from them!

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  5. This is a great story, and illustrates God working in every moment of our lives–for us to lean into Him. 🙂 Love that you got to see all those animals–even though it would have tested my patience as well–but still–so cool!!

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  6. Very thought-provoking and encouraging. Glad you’re back. Happy Belated Thanksgiving—Blessings and Peace!

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    1. Thanks, my friend, for your sweet words–real encouragers to my soul. Hopefully, your Thanksgiving was filled with hope and that this Advent season will give you space to pause and be in wonder.

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