This re-post is originally from a couple of years ago - in the middle of winter - but I seem to have a pattern for getting stuck in some of the same places, so I share this and remind myself that I need to adjust my focus once again...
Pronunciation: \əb-ˈstrəkt, äb-\
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere, from ob- in the way + struere to build, heap up — more at ob-, strew
1 : to block or close up by an obstacle
2 : to hinder from passage, action, or operation : impede
3 : to cut off from sight (a wall obstructs the view)
road was the sloppy, slushy, wet mess that roads sometimes are in late
January, early February. I drove down the road, trying to keep the
windshield clear, but there was one particular spot where the wiper
blade was not meeting the windshield. Of course, it was directly in my
line of vision.
The thought went through my head:
Isn't this so much like our journey through this life? We are trying to
get somewhere, accomplish something, and things seem to be going well,
but then, splash, something happens and our view is obstructed.
can see a little bit of what lies ahead, but it is blurry. We try to
look through the smear, the blur, straining to see what is causing it.
Why it is there, why it isn't going away? We may need to pull off the
road for a moment, to clear our vision, but we cannot take our focus off
the goal, the road, the purpose for our journey.
focus should be on our Creator. What does He want us to accomplish?
Sometimes it is difficult to determine the details, but we need to seek
His will, His guidance, and ensure we are living according to His word.
We will make mistakes. We will turn down the wrong paths, trying to
find our way. We will travel muddy roads that lead to obstructed views,
but remember to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on
your own understanding: In all your ways aknowlegde Him, and He will
make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV