Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Uneven Lanes

Several weeks ago there was a sink hole about two blocks from our home.
A water main line broke and in caved the ground.
No warning-just giant hole in the ground.

Lots of sirens,  news coverage and damage. (thankfully no one was hurt.)

A mere few hours later that hole was filled in and covered.
The street was even open to drive on the very spot that had just been an open hole in the ground only hours before.

It was marked by a sign though.

Because, although, it might be drivable it wasn't quite the same.

Sometimes, life is like that.

A tragedy happens, or a major event -even a good one-, a move, a job change and we're left with a gapping hole.

And, yes, we may be able to 'fill' in that hole pretty quickly as if 'there's nothing to see here', but deep inside we know we still have some Uneven Lanes we're going to have to drive over.

That first day that hole was filled, I have to admit I was a bit timid to drive over the spot.
But, if I didn't what was supposed to be a quick run to the grocery store suddenly wouldn't have been, so drive over it I did.
And, absolutely yes, I can testify to the unevenness of the lanes.

Now though, do you know what's happened?
It's settled, been smoothed over by time and  diligent work, and is a much less terrifying drive, in fact, except for a small bump in the road, you'd hardly know it was there.

Can I encourage you that whatever 'hole' is in your life right now-whatever thing has caused so much damage you're wondering if you will ever recover. . . just hold on.
Eventually, if  you'll let Him, Jesus can fill up that void like only He can.
And while things may never be the same, they can still be 'drivable',  until one day you may be the only one who knows the bump is still there.

Change  happens for everyone. Marriage, babies, jobs, moves across state or across the world.
Sometimes change leaves gapping holes, death, divorce, hurts that leave you wondering if you'll ever get out of the giant 'sinkhole' you fear will swallow you whole.

Whatever hole you find yourself at the bottom of right now,  it doesn't define your whole life.  It doesn't get to decided who you are or where you're going to stay.
Seasons change. Life changes.
Fill up that 'sink hole' with Jesus.

The one constant you can count on-Jesus never changes, He will never let you go or fall further than his reach can grab.

Never. Not once in all of eternity.
You can count on him.

If you're angry, confused. You can tell him.
If you're doubting. You can tell him.
If you just do not understand. You can tell him that too.
If you're tired, He can be your rest.
If  you're lonely, He's the one true friend.
If you're scared, He's promised to protect you.

He isn't afraid of your questions.
He sees and understands your humanity.
He's never afraid, He's never wondering 'what's next'.

You can trust him.

Let Him fill up those 'sink hole's' we've all found ourselves in from time to time.
He's the only one who can.
Eventually, all those Uneven Lanes will be drivable again.

He's promised. And He alone is trustworthy.

Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV)

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.

Blessings in the Uneven places,


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