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A New Path Forward

There’s a big hill in my neighborhood that I like to walk up often. It’s been under construction for the past 6-8 months and although I’m sad to see some of the grass and trees go to make room for new houses, the Lord reminded me of something powerful and beautiful today as I made my familiar trek up that hill.

For months there has been nothing but a huge pile of dirt, and rocks, and rubble, and just pure mess blocking part of the sidewalk.

But today, when I got to that little section of the hill, instead of a pile of mess and debris...there was a new road.

Ooof. I don’t know about you, but God reminded me in that moment that what looks to us like wreckage, is often times the very foundation of a new path He is creating for us.

Everything on that hill had to be completely destroyed, torn down, broken to bits, steam rolled, and polished over the course of months and months...and painful months before a new road could be created. Sometimes, before God can create a new way forward for us, He has to get rid of the old ways in us that aren’t His best way forward for us.

God makes a way where we don’t see a way. He makes roads out of the places where we see debris. He makes a new path forward, where there once was nothing. He only ask that we trust Him in the construction process, even when it seems backwards, messy, or painstakingly long.

Sometimes in the midst of the ground being cleared and broken to bits, we can grow impatient and wonder if this road will EVER be done. We start to wonder if maybe the long way around the hill might be better, at least we’ve been that way before, instead of trusting in One who has designed this road just for us, and promises to bring it to completion.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”(Isaiah‬ ‭43:18-19‬)

God is the Maker of new ways. He creates a way where there was not a way. He takes the messiest, most broken, impossible-looking parts of our stories and turns them into roads for His glory 💛

Even when we cannot see the finished road ahead, we can trust in the One who is building it and who is with us in every messy, and beautiful step.

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