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Spring Rains and Potholes



Call it late winter storms or early spring rains. When the sky breaks open this time of the year, it makes for plenty of wet and muddy earth.

As a boy growing up in the fifties and early sixties I can remember well the condition of the roads after a spring rain. I can remember not only the gravel roads, I remember the roads that needed gravel but had none.

In my days of delivering groceries I had to encounter dirt roads after a spring rain. They soon became a road of mud and I learned quickly if I was to make it to my destination, I had to get in the “rut” and stay in the rut to make it. For young readers, a rut was a track where someone had traveled before and made a path. Sometimes the truck would spin out of the rut and then you were stuck in the mud. (bad day).

Thinking back about those days, I remember that even when the muddy roads were straight, they were not easily traveled. Traveling down the path of life today for you and me, reminds me a lot of days gone by. We can expect storms along the way.

In my spiritual life, I have discovered that if I trust the Lord, He will take me to the destination He had planned. He will make our path straight, though not always smooth. Proverbs 3:5 , says, “in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  The Bible tells us when the Israelites forgot God, they wandered around in circles for forty years. Their path to the promised land was anything but straight.

I acknowledge today that I am not promised an easy path, just a straight one if I trust entirely on the Lord. With every pothole, rut, or barrier I may come across, I will remember to lean on the Lord. The roads are black-top today, but the lessons remain the same.