Good morning. It is Monday, April 4, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
I live about 2/10ths of a mile down a gravel road. It has several potholes. I have awesome neighbors and one of them is constantly battling those potholes. For three winters in a row, and probably longer, he has shoveled gravel onto those potholes, giving us a bit of relief from the bumpy driving. It doesn’t last long though. Depending on the speed of drivers and the amount of rain etc., soon, they are right back to the potholes they once were. I noticed this year that have filling each hole with gravel, my neighbor came back with a coarse sand. That seemed to last a bit longer, but it is a never ending battle.
Once you get to the paved road, there is a single pothole forming close to our bank of mailboxes. It started small but over time has grown.
According to my online search this morning, potholes form when groundwater seeps underneath the asphalt. When the water freezes it expands, causing the pavement to swell. Then, when there's a thaw and the ice melts, gaps form under the paved surface, causing a pothole. There are other reasons, including simple wear and tear but the point is once a pothole starts, it only gets worse if not addressed.
It is not simply the inconvenience of having to avoid the potholes, they can cause damage to your car. From the wheels and tires to suspension and steering, potholes can wreak havoc.
Have you ever been driving down the road, minding your own business, when all the sudden you hit an unexpected pothole? The jarring, jolting sound and action can be frightening. Maybe you are driving in the dark, or the rain, or on a backroad filtered with sunshine and shadows and you simply do not see it. It can be alarming!
Life is just like those potholes. We can be going along, enjoying our life, when suddenly we are let go from a job. Suddenly a husband or a wife is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly a best friend turns against you. Someone you love dies. You begin to lose hope.
Problems in our lives are much like those potholes. Anger, addiction, unforgiveness, pride, bitterness, sin, fear, sadness…if left unchecked the hole in our heart gets bigger and bigger, causing more and more damage, not only to ourselves, but to those around us. We can cause more damage by ignoring the pothole.
Praise God we have a Master Contractor who specializes in asphalt repair. His name is Jesus Christ.
If you have hit a pothole, call on Jesus. Psalm 46 tells us He is “a very present help in trouble”.
He can fill those holes in our heart and in our life. He fills them with His love and His healing. He fills them with His blessing and His joy.
Psalm 55:22 invites us to “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” NKJV
“God doesn’t promise to remove the potholes or trials, He does promise to give us the strength needed to face them head-on. Before Christ was betrayed by his close friend, Judas Iscariot, He faced a huge valley head-on. In Luke 22:42 we can read Christ’s prayer to His Father: “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. Only in…Luke’s gospel do we learn of this ministering angel…While we know that the cup of suffering and the crucifixion was not removed from Jesus, thanks to Dr. Luke we know that God provided His Son with an angel, strength to complete His mission, and ultimately victory over death. Yes, there will be days we hit potholes. At those times, might we follow Christ’s example and pray that our Father’s will be done? We’re promised God will bring good out of the bad that we experience. (Roman 8:28) And we know that He’ll provide strength to make it through life’s trials…” (Source: life885.com)
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV
Jesus is our refuge. He is our strength. He is our help when we are in trouble.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling…” Psalm 46:1-3 NKJV