One of the main thoroughfares near my house is under construction. It’s been under construction for months. It is being widened from two lanes to three with extra room on the shoulders as well. The speed limit has dropped to an unbelievably slow pace. The crews work on one lane at a time which constantly changes which lanes are available for traffic. One week the right lane is open and the next I must use the middle. I have to pay attention. I can’t just take the route I’m used to because that route doesn’t exist anymore.
Oftentimes we pray for change in our lives not knowing what that change is going to require. When we’re under construction, we can’t go the way we’re used to. We have to slow down. In fact, the lanes aren’t as defined as they once were. Instead of reflective painted lines, we have movable cones marking the path. Its a process. So just as soon as we get used to the new way of doing things, it all changes again!
The enslaved Jews of Exodus knew this lesson intimately. They had been enslaved in Egypt for years and then were released when Moses led them out of Egypt towards the promised land. The journey ended up taking 40 years…MUCH longer than it should have. In fact, God allowed them to wander and wander but they eventually made it to the destination.
In his poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Sometimes in life we take the more traveled road and others we take the road less traveled. I believe when we are asking God for change, we end up taking the road less traveled. It’s unknown. It’s unpredictable. But with God guiding you, you’ll be alright. So, slow down, be mindful of the changing lanes and boundaries and keep moving forward.