When walking in the vineyards above our house, I encountered a metal barrier. Apparently, work was being done as I could see some equipment in the distance. I really did not want to change my route, being a creature of habit. So, I made my way around that barrier. Maybe it was not such a good idea. As the picture shows, work was being done to shore up the path that had fallen away. To continue my walk I had to hang on to that chain link fence. It was not a comfortable experience!
I could have blamed the advice of a fellow walker who had come from that direction. She told me it was just fine to ignore the barrier. It was really only there for the bicyclists. But in fact, I could only blame myself for finding myself in a precarious position.
I could not help but think of the road blocks the Lord erects in my life. His precepts and commandments turn me back, turn me around and basically change my route. When I ignore them, I also find myself in uncomfortable and sometimes precarious positions. He blocks my way to save my life! He changes my wayward path because He loves me and wants to see me succeed.
Rather than see His precepts as positive and a blessing, I often think like the woman on my path. The rules are not really for me. Somehow, I am exempt. They are really meant for others who are weaker. I forget that those barriers are there for my good!
Thank you Lord, for Your infinite patience with me! Help me never forget that going Your way means life!
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule)