Road Construction

Road construction.  Does it give you road rage, like it does me?  My life is very scheduled, and time waiting at a construction site really throws a wrench into my travel time and definitely tests my patience.  Why do they have to make so many changes to the roads?

We’ve been away for the last four days, and on our way home, we came to a road that has been under construction since the spring.  To our surprise, in our absence, it was fully paved.  As we sailed across the fresh black pavement, my husband spoke up and said, “You know what this is a sign of?”

Of course the children bit and asked, “What?”

“The end of summer!” was my husband’s quick response.

How true is that?  We travelled this road at least once a week for the last 8 weeks and witness the transformation from a dirt patch to a beautiful paved highway.

At first we honestly didn’t know what they were doing.  The road seemed fine just the way it was.  Eventually we figured it out that they were straightening it out and trying to make some of the turns not as sharp.

It was interesting watching the transformation every week and to see the beautiful finished product that it is now, but my husband’s statement is very true.  Summer is over.  It’s time for another season.  As much as we might not like to admit it, time ticks on.  The eight weeks of sunshine and relaxation was fantastic, but another journey in our life awaits us.  Fall!

It’s time for children to start their new chapter of their lives, and a new school year.  It is time for the leaves to change color and make the landscape breath taking.  It’s time to reap our harvest from our gardens and enjoy the fresh vegetables.  It’s time for us to get our lives ready for the colder months that lie ahead, and finish off the last four months of this year 2016.

Adjustment and change are hard, but exciting at the same time.  I hear my daughter wondering lots of different things about her new school year.  Who will be her homeroom teacher?  Where will her locker be this year?  The unknown always leaves many questions, and we can let these changes and questions overwhelm us, or we can just trust in the great divine to help us transition from one season to the next.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Just like this road, I thought it was perfect the way it was, and wondered why they had to tear the entire thing apart and give me road rage all summer over it.  But now, I look at this beautiful new, straighter road, and think, “Wow!  I’m glad they made this change!  This is going to be much safer for winter driving.”

Many times we are faced with changes and we don’t like it.  Maybe your child is moving off to university, or another page in their lives, and you are hurting on the inside.  Or could you be moving on to a new job, or a new page in your own life?  Whatever it is that is changing and making you anxious, sit back and relax.  God has a plan that is going to unfold in your life, whether you want it to or not.  Find the good in the change, as I now see in this new strip of highway.  At first I couldn’t understand why, but now it is so evident that changes needed to be made.

Let God be the construction worker on your road of life, and let the changes happen.  In the end you will understand why the changes needed to be made, and understand that if you lean of Him for strength and courage when you are going through any change in your life, your anxiety will lift and you will leave the fears with him.