I’m excited to be entering uncharted territory (for me) in an area I hope to be able to announce soon. But I’ve had to become adept at ignoring and/or stepping over a lot of stuff that keeps getting in the way. Some days the obstacles seem insurmountable, and I’m tempted to crawl back into my cave and stay there.
On one of those days I got a vision of a bulldozer. I imagined it paving a way through the wilderness, clearing a road through the rubble of my doubts and past failures that lay like boulders between me and my desired destination.
When our family of five lived in the country, a large grader would regularly drive up and down our gravel road to smooth out the bumps and fill in the ruts. In the wintertime it showed up for snow removal too. I loved it when I’d need to drive to town after a snowfall, and the grader had already been through our neighborhood; it made driving much easier. So I imagine this memory influenced my mind to ponder big machinery.
My next thought was a question: Who should drive the bulldozer? I knew it probably wasn’t a good idea for me to drive it. I’m not mechanically inclined, and I’ve learned the hard way, a few too many times, that things go better when I invite God to do the driving.
I’ve also learned that it’s best to stick close to the Boss. So I think I’ll climb onto the bulldozer and sit beside Him, so I don’t get sidetracked and end up lost on some wayward trail on either side of the road (because—let me tell you—I’ve been lost in the woods before. It’s scary. Very scary.) And then when I spot a humongous boulder blocking the way, I’ll look to the Leader and wait for Him to show me the way around it or through it, because God’s bulldozer ain’t no Tonka toy.
Because I’ve been lost before, I cherish clearly marked out roads and trails. I’ll hike happily if I see a well-worn path to follow. I’m not a fan of the unknown in so many ways. And I suppose that’s why I find it hard to break trails in my life. If I remember God’s leading the way, I can travel in peace, and maybe even dance for joy since nothing can stand in the way of His plans to prosper us.
When obstacles galore
Seem to block my way
I need to trust the Driver
to navigate each day
For He has plans for me
That reach beyond this realm
And so I’ll trust my Captain
As He holds the helm.
Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
I, even I, am he who blots out
Your transgressions, for my own
And remembers your sins no more.
Isaiah 43:18-19 & 25
How do you visualize and pray your way through obstacle courses in life?
Bulldozer Blessings ~ Wendy