The other day while out for a short ride, I rounded a corner and quickly noticed what looked like a crater in my lane, about 200 ft. ahead. With a quIck adjustment, and focusing past the pothole, I navigated around safely. In a car, that pothole would have been quite jarring had I hit it. On a motorcycle, the impact might have been devastating.
Road hazards like that pothole are everywhere, often in unexpected places. If we neglect to stay focused, we can get fouled by them, with varying degrees of vehicular damage, or worse. A friend of mine tells me that down the street from his home, on a side road, a pothole has existed for a couple of years, and about half the time his wife takes that road, she hits that hole. Whether from forgetfulness, negligence, or distractions, she can’t seem to consistently avoid that pothole.
Her regular encounters, and my near-miss, got me thinking about the spiritual potholes we encounter so often in our daily lives. Those “triggers” of attitudes, circumstances, certain people, and events we face, that cause us to stumble, to sin, to “hit the pothole.” Whatever our weakness is, whatever our stumbling block, be it anger, foul language, binge eating, alcohol, porn, some kind of drug, etc.- we know the path that leads us to that hole, but we often hit it anyway.
My friend’s wife says, “I wish someone would fix that pothole”, to which my friend replies, “In the meantime, I wish you’d drive around it.” So often in our lives (myself included), we ask God, “Please take away this _____, so I don’t keep falling into it!” Sure, it shouldn’t be there. Sure, it’s bad for you. Sure, He can remove it, fix it. And sometimes He does. But we live in a fallen world, that’s not whole yet. So in the meantime, might God be saying to you and me, “I’ll help you drive around these, if you’ll let Me”?
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”- 1 Corinthians 10:13