Remember the long way… Deuteronomy 8:1-3 I recently heard that according to some research, the first Monday of the year has been designated as the most depressing day of the year. Depression, an inability to experience feelings of hope, is a very serious illness and can’t be summed up in one day. Not even life itself can be summed up in day! It’s an ongoing process of learning, discernment and love. Everyday or moment won’t be clear and bright as the one before or after it and perhaps like the Israelites, getting to the place of promise comes by the long way. I’ve come to understand that the long way isn’t just about time or distance, but also about all that is needed to learn in order that we be prepared for what God has promised. Prayerfully, may our hope be sustained as we inter-actively feed our spirit with the Word of God.
We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way,… There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 2 Cor. 6:3-7:-1 The distance between Philadelphia and Baltimore is a little more than 100 miles. If you travel the most direct route, you will find yourself going over a bridge and through a tunnel. If you have an aversion to bridges or tunnels you will find another route even though it takes you longer to get there. There are some people and situations in our lives that are like those bridges and tunnels. In and of our own strength we can not move the bridges and tunnels. We can either choose to go around them and take longer to get to our destination or we can through Christ confront the aversion we believe hinders our journey. There are countless stories in scripture of God using people who were clear obstacles to his people of faith. By faith as God’s people faced each obstacle, time and again they were used for God’s glory. We have more than enough smaller struggles in this journey. Eventually we have to stop taking the long way around because we can’t overcome what we are not willing to face. The sooner we choose to go over the bridge and through the tunnel we can begin to put our aversions behind us. The straight path isn’t always easy. Don’t risk putting our selves at a disadvantage because of our disinclination to face what we believe is an obstacle. With God all things are possible and we can through Christ cross the bridge and go through the tunnel.