ROCKS. I saw a variety of these bright yellow signs throughout the canyon as we wound our way around narrow, steep roads. There was no other warning, just ROCKS. How funny. Clearly, there were large rocks along the steep canyon. Everyone could see that, so it seemed silly to boldly state what was already self evident, and yet there they were, one after the other. Thank you Captain Obvious.😉
Immediately I thought of the phrase, “Here’s your sign.” Like, duh, there are giant boulders here, in case you couldn’t see them, hanging from the cliffs above. They may fall, causing you and your family to plummet from the cliffs edge down to the valley below, likely causing you to erupt in flames. 🔥 Survival is unlikely. Yes, that’s where my brain goes when I see ROCKS signs.😉
What bothered me about the signs was that they focused on the obvious looming catastrophe without any alternative route. They kept me focused on what might happen, should the giant boulders decide to cascade down the mountain onto our mini van. Nothing about that repeated reminder left me feeling safe, secure and relaxed. The more I focused on the word ROCKS, the more I imagined them tumbling towards me. Some of us don’t need yellow, bold print signs to think about the scary trauma that could unfold…my imagination does that all by itself. It’s easy to see danger lurking around every corner, but way more fulfilling to keep our eyes focused on The Way, The Truth, and The Life. He is our One Way sign that guides us through tumultuous, turbulent, narrow roads of life. We don’t have to drive it alone. He’s with us through every nail biting, exhilarating moment.
Life lived out pursuing Jesus can feel like driving on the edge of steep cliffs with rock signs all around. We know Jesus encountered all kinds of rocks along His journey, usually in the form of people trying to block Him from His purpose, but nothing and no one can stop God from accomplishing His purpose and plans. No boulders, no road blocks, no falling rocks, NOTHING.
If we keep our eyes on the One Way, He will guide us through all the craziness this life has to offer and we will do so keeping our love, joy, hope and peace in tact, because, if He is for us who can be against us? Let me repeat that, if He is for us, who can be against us?!? Seriously, there are zero road blocks for Jesus. If He wants something for you, He will obliterate any obstacles in your way…like Wreck-It-Ralph, only bigger and better.😉
As we keep our eyes focused on His way, we become reflectors of God’s grace, hope, and love to those around us. In a sense, we are walking signs for Jesus, either declaring His power and love at work in our lives, or just more rock signs, warning of impending doom and gloom. There is something powerful that happens when we reflect hope in what appears to be hopeless situations.
I have dear friends that experienced a giant boulder two years ago. Their daughter, Candice, went to be with Jesus after a long battle with cancer. It was a boulder so big, it took unimaginable strength and courage to navigate. She fought hard and reflected God in all she said and did, pointing to Jesus through her journey of pain. In response, her parents have done the same. They surrendered to Him, their driver in this life, and have allowed Him to take them along this difficult journey, trusting Him in their pain, and moving forward. They shine brighter for Jesus than most people I know, like giant reflectors of His love to others that are headed down that sharp turn toward the unknown. Such love, courage, and hope. Their deep commitment to follow Jesus through the steep cliffs of grief and loss, motivates me to travel well for Jesus.
I’ve had countless road blocks in my life, gone down dead ends, headed the wrong way, felt that rocks were falling and like frogger, I tried to escape peril along the journey, but God has never failed me. As I’ve learned to keep my eyes on Him, it’s become easier to navigate trials, and stay on task. I want His way to be my way.
Are you having trouble seeing God through the ROCKS signs of life? Maybe He is being diminished in your mind by perceived road blocks you see ahead. God has a purpose and a plan even through the pain and chaos. He works all things to the good as we trust in Him. Call out to Him. Invite Him in to your circumstance, and let Him drive the rest of the way. It may be that you’ve been headed down the wrong road and you’ve gotten lost, without knowing it. That’s ok, He is an excellent guide that longs to bring you back to His plan and purpose for your life. His signs are all around. May we have eyes to see and ears to hear Him calling. You’re going to make it. Don’t give up! Get back on course. Here’s your sign, ONE WAY. You can do all things through Him!
Romans 8:31~What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
John 14:6~Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Deut. 31:6~Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jer.29:11~For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.