Road construction. Everyone wants its benefits, but no one wants its hassles. Road construction means slow traffic, inconvenient detours, extra travel time, and hot tempers. Drivers will do most anything to avoid traveling in the orange cone zone. My city (Houston) even posts “orange cone alerts” on the morning rush hour broadcast in order to allow drivers the opportunity to choose another route to work. What baffles me is that even with all of the road signs and warnings, drivers continue to travel the same route day after day expecting something different, and then getting frustrated when it’s not!
Our personal life is much the same way. No one wants to stay in the same lane of traffic he or she began in. We really do want the benefits of a life under construction. Slow traffic, inconvenient detours, extra travel time, and hot tempers are as much a part of our life journey as they are a part of daily road construction. In fact, if we’re honest, they bring about the same level of personal frustration.
Growth takes time. So does healing, maturity, forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation. Sure, a quick fix looks good, but only on the surface, much like a pothole that road crews gave the “token fill.” It works for a while, but one unlucky driver will pay the consequences of a job that only fixed the surface.
A road under construction takes time and attention; so does our personal growth. Church attendance, prayers, goal setting, life coaching, letting go/surrendering, learning protocols ,.etc..when not allowed to penetrate deep into our hearts to touch our emotions/souls, only makes the surface of our lives look good. Personal growth (work) requires hard labor, critical examination of one’s life, ruthless scrutiny of one’s decisions and integrity, not to mention deep wells of faith/trust and rich gifts of forgiveness. This work takes perseverance and discipline, yet the payoff for a well-constructed life is worth the effort! (DJS)