Living in the Midwest means every spring road crews go throughout the city and refill the potholes that have formed during the winter. The potholes are often from the freezing, thawing, and moisture that has seeped into the cracks that were already in the road. The cracks may have been visible prior to the weather changes, they may have been underneath the top layer of asphalt. The point is they were there all along.
We all live with something in our lives that has cracks in it. Just like the asphalt, the cracks may be visible, they may not. Given the right amount of pressure, drastic changes in settings, and eventually, they will show themselves. Sometimes in settings where they can be immediately addressed and repaired, like counseling. Other times, just like on the roadways, they can appear at the most inopportune moments.
I have had some potholes appear this past week that were unexpected and unwanted. At first, I thought it was not that big of an issue, sure my “car” hit a pothole, but it seemed to drive fine afterwards. I made a mental note about where it was located, so I wouldn’t hit it again. A few days ago, I found myself on the same road and instead of changing lanes, I drove where the pothole was and hit it again. This time, my “car” came away with a bit more than a scratch.
Best Beloved, sin is just like that. We may or may not recognize the cracks in our lives to prevent trouble, but once the cracks are found we need to take steps to keep from hitting that same spot again (and again). Whether it’s an “innocent” flirtation at work, that particular old relationship where you think you can surely be “just friends” now, or the website that is the top of a slippery slope.
We all know we should avoid the roads that have the potholes. We all know it’s wrong to continue down the road when we turn onto it. If we are being honest with ourselves, doesn’t the scintillating feeling seem to feel good? It is harder and harder to pull away from the potholes in our lives when we find ourselves enjoying the way we feel.
Just like someone who is an addict, the euphoria we may feel in the beginning will quickly become the prison cell in which we are locked. The shame, regret, and brokenness we cause our hearts and others isn’t worth it.
First Corinthians 10:13 is a verse that I agree with, but sometimes don’t like, it’s a bit like necessary medicine for our souls. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (NIV1984).
So there is the hard truth. God will always give us an alternate route to take to help us continue going forward without the potholes. And in all your ways acknowledge Him, an He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). It’s the ultimate “Jesus take the wheel” moment for us.
No mud slinging, no name calling, Dear ones, I am battling my own potholes. Let us pray for one another, to find the strength to seek the Lord when we find ourselves on the same road that leads to destruction. May we seek Christ’s leading for a different way, His way out.
Blessings to you fellow travelers,