Commuters who normally travel State Road 23 through Granger are having to add about five miles to their commute due to the closure of the Railroad crossing just west of Bittersweet. (See the WNDU video embedded at the end of this article.)
Last year it was the corner of Bittersweet and Cleveland that was closed due to the creation of a roundabout at that intersection. This year’s commuters are using the new roundabout as they take the detour around-about the construction zone.
At least we don’t have it as bad as people who are stranded in Europe because of the volcanic ash. (See this MSNBC Blog entry: Getting across Europe (slowly) without planes.)
Sometimes it feels like our lives are spent in the wilderness trying to get to our destination. It can often feel like our lives aren’t getting anywhere. There are reasons that we can get stuck in the wilderness.
The reason the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years after being freed from Egypt is because they listened to bad advice. (You can read about this is Numbers chapters 13 and 14.)
Twelve leaders of the people were sent to spy out the Promised Land. In their report, ten of the spies concentrated on the obstacles to taking the land, while Joshua and Caleb were confident that God would give them the land. The people listened to the ten.
Sometimes we listen to the negativity of people and end up living in the wilderness, not believing God can overcome the obstacles.
On the other hand, sometimes it is God’s purpose for us to be in the wilderness. The Apostle Paul spent time in the wilderness (Galatians 1:17) before he began his ministry to the Church. It is likely this is when God directly taught him the Gospel.
Moses had to flee Egypt because he committed murder trying to help one of his people who was being beaten. God had a better and more permanent deliverance in mind. Moses spent forty years in Midian learning humility (Numbers 12:3; compare Exodus 2:11-12), ending up on the “backside of the desert” (Exodus 3:1 KJV) before the Lord called him to lead Israel out of Egypt.
God allows us to go through wilderness experiences to help us depend on him and learn to do things his way. But he doesn’t want us to stay there forever. He also wants us to learn that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Feel like you are in the wilderness? Ask God to help you learn what he has for you to learn there, and believe he will take you to the Promised Land he has for you in is own time.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5 NIV)