Thursday, January 28, 2016
GOING THROUGH VS GOING AROUND
I'm taking a little weekend trip with my daughters, so thought I'd leave you with a story from my past while I'm gone.
There was a fatal accident on Hwy 99 between Salida and Pelandale exits. Traffic was backed up for miles. I was on my way to a bridal shower for one of my co-workers in Ripon and was caught right in the middle of it. Sitting for three hours on the freeway and moving less than 10 miles gives you time to think.
After sitting at a virtual standstill for more than an hour, my brain went into motivation mode.....How do I get around this?? To the right, I had a lane of traffic bumper to bumper, and no off ramp in sight. To the left, a lane of traffic and a center divider. Behind me a white pickup towing a van. In front of me an 18 wheeler that I stared at for 3 hours. Truck number 2158, California Lic. #UB6269. A sign "This truck makes wide turns". Inspection #27849. I will never forget the back of that truck. Again the question? How can I get around this??? The obvious answer... I can't... I have to go through it!
At that moment, all the scriptures about our Savior "going through" vs. "going around" HIT ME!
Jesus said "I need to go THROUGH Samaria. Our Lord went THROUGH the leper colonies, THROUGH the valley of Temptation. THROUGH rejection, betrayal, abandonment, beatings, mockings and finally THROUGH the torture of crucifixion. He went through it all.
Don't you know the Woman at the well in Samaria was forever changed because Jesus went through instead of around. Don't you know the lepers rejoiced with his healing touch. Don't you know I will ever stand in awe that my Jesus went through the pain and agony of Calvary for ME! Jesus had a plan each time he went through an episode in His life. It led to a greater victory, ultimately the Cross and our salvation.
Sitting in that traffic jam that Saturday afternoon was a lesson. Whatever I am called on in this life to go THROUGH...He did it before me..He is with me, and will give me the victory.
Have a great weekend....see you went I get back.