As I walked to the car, I saw this solitary cone in a parking spot with “No Parking” written on it. For the life of me, I had no idea why it was there. One car was parked beside it, one space empty, and then another car parked beside that.
Shrugging it off, I walked back to my car, when suddenly it hit me. Many of us have a place we want to arrive at that has been blocked from our entrance. It is frustrating to travel down the road and find your destination cut off. You put so much effort into getting there, plan ahead and check to see if there is anything to stop you.
Nonetheless, you arrive, and there sits a cone seemingly mocking your existence. You could move it and park your car. Ask the lot attendant why it’s there or move on to another spot. Chances are it’s not really a place you need to be and your destination is in another location.
Looking at Scripture, you can read about men and women who were on a journey that seemed to take them no where. Yet they had faith to keep traveling.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
Right now, my family and I are going somewhere in life that we have never been. This has been a trying season for us as we want to be in the “Will of God.” Things don’t always make sense, but we keep pressing forward, even though we get stopped on our way.
I am using this post to minister not only to you, but to me and my family as well. Life in general is hard, but we have an upper hand. In Jesus we have been given the strength to press on to a higher calling in heavenly places. And if we do not faint or pull back and give up, we will reap a harvest that we cannot contain.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.