Building Better Roads

Summer is such a wonderful season!  The strong sun’s rays, morning birds chirping with happiness, the ability to enjoy the pleasures of the beach and all it has to offer, the longer days, the colorful flowers, the warm night’s air and the flowery aromas of the beautiful gardens.  The list of miracles is endless, and all depends on what you find to appreciate.

One thing I have to say that I am not a fan of in the summer time is all the road construction that takes place.  They are constantly fixing something on our roads.  It makes summer traveling slower due to one lane of traffic and waiting to take your turn to get through in different areas.

This one road that we travel quite often, at one time had three different areas under construction.  One place they were just patching the holes that developed over the winter from the destruction of the snow plow.  Another place they are fixing a bridge and the last place they are totally reconstructing the road and have it down to the bare bones.  Dirt for kilometers.

As I was driving on this road the other evening, I found this road very symbolic to life.  How many times do we just try and patch up the roads in our lives.  Something goes wrong and we find we are left with a big hole, and so all we do is try to patch it up.  At first the road is much smoother, and the new black asphalt is a great fix for our problems.

Patching our roads is the great fix, but a quick fix to our life’s problems.  It’s not solving anything, it is just making the road smoother for a short period of time.  Concealing our problems, not fixing them.  In reality, the hole is still there under the fresh, black, smooth patch.  It is probably only going to last a season and guess what will need patching again next summer?  You got it!  Those holes all over again.

Instead of just patching your road, concealing your problem, take the time and tear it apart.  Take it right down to the dirt.  It is going to take you the entire summer, and maybe even into the fall and when the snow flies.  It might feel like it is never going to look like the same road again.  You know what?  It isn’t going to be the same road.  You will fix all the parts of the road from the bottom up and this is what the road needed to become a new and better road.  This road my never need fixing again.

We all face problems in our lives, and you can patch the outside of the problem or dig deep inside of you and find the real problem that exists.  There is no sense fixing the outside of the problem when the real problem is coming from the dirt up, or deep inside of you.

Proverbs 28:13 tells us, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” 

Confessing and forsaking your problems is a great place to start.  Deal with your problems, stop covering them up and patching them for a little time.  You have to change yourself first and then the real healing will start.

One of my favorite lines for the same idea as what Proverbs 28:13, is a saying that one my friends uses, “You can put lipstick on a pig—but it’s still a pig.”  Your problems will remain a problem until you stop hiding your sins.  Confess them and give them up, then God will give you the mercy to build your new road of life.  No need for patching your road anymore!  Smooth sailing from there on out!

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