Traveling isn’t always pleasant. People get cranky, they get cramped, tired, and all the while you don’t want to stop because it’s going to make your trip longer. The greatest impediment to travel of course is not even tiredness, but road conditions. Construction, tiny winding roads that must be taken cautiously, and of course dirt and gravel roads.
I want you to think of the largest roadtrip you’ve ever been on. How long did it take? 6 hours, 18 hours, 40? I’m going to venture to say you probably used a highway or a parkway. You were probably using a smooth paved road that had been engineered to optimum highway speed and safety. The way had been prepared for you.
But what if it hadn’t?
What if you were on a dirt or gravel road? Or even a road filled with potholes?
How long would your trip have taken?
To give you some perspective: In the 1700s travel between New York and Boston took approximately 6 days. Around 1830, road conditions had improved to the point that the trip could be made in a day and a half.
Today, with modern transportation and roads, that same trip can be made in under 4 hours.
4 hours vs 6 days!
That’s a big difference!
I think such an illustration brings so much meaning to the verse in Proverbs where it is said, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
In all your ways, keep God in your knowledge, and He will direct your paths. When we look at that word for direct, it literally means to make straight, to make level, to make smooth.
If you keep God in your knowledge, He will make the road of your life smooth.
I don’t know what God has planned for your life, and I don’t know where He will lead you. But I do know it will all be easier if you allow Him to make your life’s road smooth. If you acknowledge Him.
Back in the 1700s it took 6 days to get from New York to Boston AND THERE WAS A ROAD! it just wasn’t smooth. Now it takes 4 hours.
The Christian life can be a highway- but only if you allow it to be. The Christian life can be something that is accelerated, smooth, and fast paced. But you have to acknowledge God. You have to seek His will. You have to follow after His direction. In ALL your ways.
“Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” – Psalm 5:8