The Right Road

I was wrestling with those feelings of discouragement and hopelessness many movers encounter.  The lack of homes that met our expectations in Michigan and the amount of time our house was taking to sell back in Ohio was becoming a rocky road for me to travel emotionally. It was like the red traffic light that never seemed like it would turn green and let me go.

This verse became my prayer: Psalm 25:4 “Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow.”

I wrote in the margins of my Bible (for us to live on) after RIGHT ROAD. 

One day as the realtor and I were house hunting, I turned a road too soon but I continued on because it looked like it might cut through. This was before my cell phone had GPS mapping so I was still reliant on my Garmin to navigate. All the way down the road I was pestered by “Recalculating…Make a U-Turn When Possible“. The road did dead end but God still had navigated me on to the right road. There was a house for sale that I had overlooked on my internet searches. While Garmin insisted I make an U-Turn God seemed to say “You Have Arrived at Your Destination“.

So often, especially when we are exploring new territory in our life, we worry that we took a wrong turn and immediately try to get turned back around to familiar roads. We feel safer going the way the world directs us listening first to well-meaning friend’s advice or self-help books instead of trusting God’s direction and following HIS WAY.

Jesus said, “I am THE WAY, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” in John 14:6. When we realize Jesus is the way we are free to travel any road in life without fear and with a sense of adventure. No road hazard can trip up our trip with Him.

WHEN YOU ARE OVERWHELMED ALONG THE WAY: 

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

WHEN THE ROAD SEEMS TO DEAD END:

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

WHEN THE ROAD SEEMS TO NARROW & HARD AND YOU WANT THE EASY ROUTE:

Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

WHEN THE ROAD SEEMS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:

Isaiah 40: 3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.

WHEN THE ROAD HAS BEEN LONG AND TIRING:

Psalm 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

So whatever the road hazards, I try not to see them as obstacles but opportunity for Jesus to grow my faith and show me He is THE WAY. He has the power to save, overcome and restore so I can take any road He leads me down. I don’t want to miss out on the HOME God intends for me, a life abundant and full with Him, following Jesus all the WAY!

Published by Jesse Prentiss

9 Moves through 5 states in 20 years. Unpacking what God is teaching me about how HOME is not where you live but what lives with in.

One thought on “The Right Road

  1. This blog is so obviously INSPIRED and relevant! Jesse, thank you for these words of great encouragement. “The Right Road” should be published in ChristianityToday in order to reach a much wider audience; Christians everywhere would be up-lifted being reminded that God is in all of the ‘roads’ of our lives. Write-on dear messenger!

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