Ever have one of those days when life seems to just become an obstacle course? Where you feel like you have to jump over hurdles and through hoops in order to make it to the finish line for that day? I swear I have those more than three times a week. It’s beginning to feel like a marathon of sorts. It takes me twenty minutes to drive to my work each day and usually it’s a pleasant one but today, unbeknownst to me, it was as if the squirrels were on a mission to prevent me from arriving to my destination on time. Yes, SQUIRRELS…
Literally, every turn, every light leading to my work was a stop and go game with these little creatures. Now, I have never ran an animal over in my eighteen years of driving, however, the thought tempted me. I did not though. The devil did not win. I did show grace, but boy, was I tempted.
Through fighting my temptation, I started to consider that when you are presented with these obstacles (in whatever fashion they may come) you have to decide when or where to show grace. It can truly be misleading sometimes and you begin to look up and ask “Really”? But then once the day is conquered , you’ll look back to realize those obstacles that were in your path may have had a purpose. Those little annoyances may very well have had a lesson woven into them for future reference. However, we all have to understand that God is not in everything. Those squirrels may have not been brought on by God but it sure placed a questionable venture. Sometimes I wonder if God and Satan make wages regarding rather or not we will show grace.
1 Kings 19:11-12
“And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”…
These obstacles we may face could be standard occurrences with no supernatural relation what-so-ever. I do believe we can still learn from them.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[a] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Let’s be prepared no matter what. Continuing to walk by faith, show grace as needed ,as well as, continue to dwell in his presence. Therefore, no matter what obstacle arises (God in it or not) we can overcome and be victorious!