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Monday, February 9, 2009

A Good Thousand Miles

“And I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know, In paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them And rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.” Isaiah 42:16 (New American Standard Bible)

A great word picture about things crooked and straight came to me by my 9th grade World History class teacher, Mr. Lusvardi. As a student one summer, Mr. Lusvardi visited the old Soviet Union. He told my class about a train trip he took to Siberia. As his train approached Siberia he said the train was rolling through woods and hills. When it came to the Siberian plain all the trees and hills disappeared with a 1,000 mile straight shot of rail all the way to his destination. I remember him saying “there wasn’t a single curve in those 1,000 miles.”

I’ve had times in the past where the road I was on got pretty rugged through no fault of my own. The going seemed as if it would never level out and the winding road was full of rocks, potholes and lots of high hills. It was rough as a cob.

Fortunately more than once on these rough roads the Lord has intervened on my behalf and turned my crooked roads into 1,000 mile straight shots. He desires to do this and is able to easily overcome life's crooked and difficult highways. Relying on Him has taught me to trust in His compassionate Love and Authority. He is able to do great things and He’s done some really marvelous things for me in my lifetime. He loves me without condition and knows when my road is crooked and rough. He knows. He can turn any crooked and hard journey into a straight way and is so willing to do it. I’ve never seen a road that lasts forever. There’s no such animal. If your road is currently a combination of hills, valleys, potholes and rocks it might be that a great plain is coming up and you’ll find yourself singing for 1,000 miles. He leads in paths we aren’t sure of, bringing our darkness into light. These are the things He will do. Jesus will not leave us undone.