God Bless the Broken Road
This phrase has been coming in and out of my mind for days. And it comes to mind again this morning.
With all the rain our area and state has experienced we have many broken roads. Huge potholes in some areas and complete washouts in others. As I was driving to our youngest daughter’s house last night after a women’s conference I saw that the rains had flooded the fields and ditches almost to the road in one area. It felt that I might be inundated at any minute. Nearly dark and lots of water on both sides of the road made me want to be very careful driving.
We aren’t likely to bless God for being cut off from the easy roads into our towns are we? Some folks have to go miles and miles around just to get to work. Others are completely stranded until the waters recede. Not an easy time to say Yay God for the mess we have.
Oh beloved, you’ve faced flood waters before, but now you are faced with flood waters of a different kind. The sorrows of the situation are threatening to overflow your heart and mind. You’re gasping for help. You’re sure that it’s almost over. And truth is, you kind of wish it was. Sweet relief doesn’t seem to come from any place or person you’ve tried to cling to. How could life have been so sunny one minute and so overcast the next? It’s a hard place you are in – cut off from human relief and cut off from joy, peace and more. God wants you to know this morning that whatever broken road you are on, it is overcome by blessing the Lord in the midst of it. You think you cannot do it, you think you might seem mad, like King David in Psalm 34. But God says this is not madness. Blessing, praising and thanking the Lord are superpowers for the believer. You can’t always change circumstances but you can always change the attitude of your heart. Don’t fear what’s going on, rather fear the Lord and give Him the honor and glory due His name. As you begin to praise the Lord, you will receive a recompense for the praise – you will be flooded with love, joy, peace, rest and comfort. Broken roads are not permanent, not even the worst of them. God has already prepared your restoration, now it’s your time to trust Him and feed on His faithfulness.
God loves you and He’s for you always. Even on the broken roads of life, even in the floodwaters, even when you cannot see Him, He is always with you. Run to Him this morning and bless His Name. And live in the Light of the Glorious power of His wonderful Word.
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed.)
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits
Hebrews 13:5 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name.