Across from where I sit each morning for my time of devotion & prayer, hangs a picture over my couch which shows a smooth road lined with beautiful fall colored trees. At the end of the road is a bend. I imagine how much my life might be like this picture. For a long while I walk the smooth road with ease, delighting in the glorious colors of God’s blessings & provisions.
Then, I come to a bend in the road. With no thought of what might lie around that bend, I keep walking. I can’t believe what I see. The smooth road now lies full of rocks & bumps of pain I must struggle to climb over, deep holes of despair I must endure. And the trees – what has happened? Maybe a forest fire hit, because I struggle through days filled with heat of intense pain. The trees are now charred black with dark days of depression, sorrow & nothingness. The beautiful leaves are gone, just as so much of my life has been stripped from me.
Some days I get past all of this devastation, & I see that the road has once again become smooth. The trees are again beautiful, & have spread a carpet of their beauty on the ground around them.
Is this what this picture really depicts? I have no idea. But, as I said, I can see how it might be that way, just as my life was smooth & beautiful for many years, until I came to the bend in the road. I couldn’t see what was ahead for me.
Now I do have days of bumps, holes & black trees. But, God also smoothes out the road at times, just to give me a reprieve. He shows me that even through the ugly, hard parts of my life, He is still with me, &, in fact is using my broken body in many ways for His glory.
Just like those black trees will have sprouts of new life, God has new life awaiting me in my future. He promises beautiful, smooth “streets of gold” on which I will walk. . .if I endure to the end!
How can I not go “around the bends” of my life? I would miss so much that God has in store for me. So, “I will rejoice in my sufferings,” (Rom. 5:3) for suffering for Christ holds so much hope for us.
About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives in Dayton, Ohio with her wonderful husb& who is her best friend, & along with Jesus, is the only way she can live day by day with all that comes against her body on this earth. She also knows that a “new, perfect body” awaits her someday.
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