Thursday, September 6

obstacles

From my devotional today:

"A river is victoriously persistent, it overcomes all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, then it comes to an obstacle and for a while it is baulked, but it soon makes a pathway round the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, and presently emerge again broader and grander than ever. You can see God used some lives, but into your life an obstacle has come and you do not seem to be of any use. Keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you round the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never get your eyes on the obstacle or on the difficulty. The obstacle is a matter of indifference to the river which will flow steadily through you if you remember to keep right at the Source. Never allow anything to come between yourself and Jesus Christ, no emotion, or experience; nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source." ~ Oswald Chambers

When I read this it reminded me of early spring when the snow begins melting. Up by our garage - which is at an incline at the top of our driveway - are large piles of snow which accumulated from plowing the driveway all winter. As the snow melts, it forms streams down our gravel driveway and the kids are drawn like magnets with sticks and shovels to form their little rivers. Sometimes a chunk of ice will flow down and get stuck causing the river to flow around it until one of the kids later discovers it and works at getting it back on track. Or perhaps one of us big people will drive a car over the rivers and the tire tracks completely divert the rivers. But nothing can completely stop the flow for the source is bountiful.

So it is with our lives. Time keeps flowing. And in the midst of the path comes obstacles. Some are easy to maneuver around. Others cause us to pause a bit. And a bit longer. And when we get tired of trying to figure out how to get around them, we finally call out to our Heavenly Father who either shows us the way around or removes the obstacle allowing us to see clearly once again.

The key with any obstacle is to consider the Source. Keep your eyes on the Source. And allow His Spirit to flow through you.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

1 comment:

Our Family of Five said...

Awesome post. Such encouraging words. Thank you.

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