The other day I was driving to an audition with plenty of time to spare. Or so I thought… I came across EVERY red light on my route. I was beyond frustrated, and then at one of the stops, my car chimed in and made a noise that I swear sounded like a frustrated sigh. I laughed, picturing my poor car, made to drive – getting stopped before it even had a chance to pick up some speed. What a frustrating life! My car deserves some backroad or an empty freeway to experience it’s life’s fulfillment!
But don’t we feel the same as humans? As we go along our lives, we constantly get stopped or delayed by unforeseen circumstances like getting laid off, not getting the promotion we were banking on, a relationship ending… It’s easy to think that God and the entire universe are either being unfair or conspiring against us and what we are made for.
But what if these “setbacks” were actually safety mechanisms in the like of traffic lights and signs? What if the road blocks, detours, and closures are God’s way of saying, “Slow down, I need you to go another way.” What if we saw them as God rerouting us for our own good?
We’ve all heard the verse — “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28 — but what if we took it a step further?
What if something bad that we might never know about would have happened if we got that job? What if someone was going to cause us unnecessary pain that God is sparing us from, and instead He decided to have us be frustrated? If we’re stuck in traffic for whatever reason, what if we would have gotten into an accident had we been on time? There’s so many scenarios that can be at play.
Let’s take it one step further. Imagine a world without traffic lights/signs. Imagine having to fend for yourself and being on the lookout for any and every car and hazard in your way. Doesn’t matter where you live, that’s a terrifying nightmare! Thank God for stop signs!
If we go about our lives assuming God really does have the best of intentions for us, then maybe we too can spare ourselves unnecessary frustration. I’m currently working on this daily, trying to find the possible good reason why something happened or didn’t happen. It has not been easy. I am not surprised to find that my brain automatically thinks the worst (self protection for the win) before it lets me try to find the best case scenario.
Isn’t this what faith is, though? Trusting God at His word that He is our protector and He is working things out for our good, even if it looks like the opposite?
And yes, I talk to my car and have now started saying “hey, it’s probably a good thing that Waze is rerouting us for the 7th time in 20 minutes, I’m sure it’s for our safety.”
Have you had an instance where it seemed like you were rerouted unfairly but it turned out it was for the best?