Based on Based on Isaiah 40:21-31
I’m writing this meditation on the week after five inches of snow, sleet and freezing rain hit Charleston. That rare South Carolina winter weather brought a predictable share of “fender benders” and disabled vehicles that either spun out of control and got stuck in ditches.
One of our local law enforcement officials reflected on that and said something that amused me – “When we decide when roads should be shut down, we send out officers who grew up here to drive around. We can’t send those who moved here from up north – they can drive with no problem on icy, snowy roads.”
Those “northerners” don’t have mystical powers – they have common sense that comes from experience. I learned long ago that although South Carolina doesn’t have much in the way of equipment to clear icy roads, all you have to do is take your time, don’t drive or brake too fast and do allow ample space between the vehicle in front of you to stop safely. Navigating roads made dangerous by snow and ice simply requires vigilant patience.
The same could be said for the roads we traverse in life, because not all hazardous roads are physical – some of them are spiritual. We’ll all face our share of situations where sickness and sorrow chill our lives, where confusion, stress and uncertainty make us lose our footing and where cold situations and cold people leave us feeling – as did some Charleston drivers did last week – that we’re slipping, sliding and can’t get a grip on life.
We’d do well to remember the words of the prophecy of Isaiah, first spoken to God’s people living as exiles in Babylonian and doubtful and impatient as to the possibility of their freedom and return to their ancestral homeland – “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.”
When we have the patience to “wait on the Lord,” we can traverse life’s hazardous roads not with fear, but with faith. We can do so knowing that the God who created us knows what we can bear, will never abandon us and will guide us over life’s seemingly hazardous routes in a way that Isaiah’s prophecy also says will “…make our rough roads smooth and our crooked roads straight.”
Take the time to prayerfully and patiently travel life’s roads, not rushing to find relief on your own, but waiting on the God Who knows what we need before we ask for it. You can then travel patiently, safely and joyfully with the confidence of the hymn writer who said, “He walks with me and He walks with me, and He tell me I am His own; and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”