Life pathways

A Way Out of No Way


I think of life as a journey, one pathway after another with mysteries on each route. Common it is to find obstacles along the path, obstacles that block the way. That is life’s way. Stones in the road, boulders on the path . . . at every turn stopping us in our tracks.

Certainly, life for us is no smooth journey, no easy route. But we move on, moving the obstacles out of the way and going forward as steady as we can. Now and then, the pathway is completely blocked, preventing even one more step.

The best news for us is that God is in the business of making a way out of no way. God clears the path when we cannot. God moves the obstacles when they are immovable for us.

This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:16-19

And so it is, we are graced with God’s new thing. We are blessed with a way in the wilderness. The boulders are moved aside, out of our way. Our pathway has been divinely cleared. We are given a way out of no way. Amen.

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