Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dealing with the Construction Zones of Life

“But he knows the way I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

We have lived midway between our nation’s capital and our state capital for more than thirty years. Traffic has always been challenging, but over the past decade it has gotten much worse. Construction is always going on somewhere.  A trip that should take thirty minutes can take two or three hours. 

I try to avoid construction areas whenever possible.  They cause delays. Sitting for long periods aggravates my back pain. I get frustrated and impatient. If I have to take a detour, I may get lost.  But there are times when construction zones are unavoidable if I want to reach my destination.

My health problems remind me of construction zones. My ongoing pain, discomfort, and problems cause delays.  I lose out on things I want to do. I sometimes have to take detours and follow new routes, such as trying a new medicine or exercise, eliminating a certain food, or changing my sitting or sleeping position.  I become frustrated and impatient.  I want to move on.

But what is the purpose of construction?  Usually to build something newer and better.  God has a purpose for the construction zones in my life.  He knows what thoughts, attitudes, and responses needs to be improved to conform me more into the image of Christ.  The changes He is making in me are part of His grand design and roadmap for my life, so that I will accomplish His purposes for me here on earth and for all eternity.

The Lord knows the difficult roads I must take now.  My patience and my faith are being tested. But by that same faith, I must believe it’s worth going through this construction in anticipation of the heavenly roads that lie ahead.

Prayer: Lord, this life would be easier without construction zones, both physical and spiritual.  Give me patience, perseverance, and a willing attitude to travel the roads You have planned for me, knowing the trials they bring are for my benefit.  Amen.








  1. Thank-you so very much for ministering Life and Hope to my soul. Blessings, Robin

  2. Robin, I am so humbled and happy to know that God is speaking through the words He gives me. I pray He gives you patience and endurance for whatever your construction zones are right now :).
    In Him,