A team was on a job site adding a lane to an existing road. It had been a long project but finally they were ready to pour the concrete. The orange construction barrels were out as they had been for weeks. The concrete trucks were on hand and the workers productive as they spread the concrete to a finished surface. They were making good progress, and with the weather cooperating the completed sections were setting up and beginning to harden. Theyíd just finished pouring the final driveway when an impatient driver made a critical mistake.
He decided to disregard the warning signs and proceed on his own. He ignored the equipment and the workers and whipped out of traffic. He drove around the barricades and onto the new concrete. He didnít notice a problem right away but as he continued to travel down the newly poured lane, he realized something was definitely wrong. His car began to sink, slowly at first as he continued to move forward. But then he made a fatal mistake. He sought to escape the mess he was in by changing his course. But once again, his choice was disastrous. He turned right into the freshly poured driveway. I can only imagine the thoughts going through his mind as he felt his car, and him with it, sink into the oozing, wet concrete, trapped by his poor choices.
How often in life are we like that driver? Instead of waiting for Godís perfect timing, we grow impatient. We believe we can navigate our own course well. Unable to see the bigger picture, the better future that God is planning, we focus instead on the immediate situation at hand and begin to doubt. We turn from His path to what we believe to be a better way, often ignoring the signs warning of trouble ahead. But Godís ways are not our ways and it is rare that we get a glimpse of His bigger picture. We often do not understand the reason for the trouble we encounter on the roadways of life. The good news is that we donít need to. Godís promise remains true. When we follow His purpose, trusting in Him, He will make all things work for good for those who love Him. No matter the circumstances, Godís character remains the same. Although we may not witness the final outcome we can trust that it will be righteous. When troubles come, and they will, and we are tempted to climb into the driverís seat, letís hold on to the promise given in Proverbs 3:5-6 ďTrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.Ē If we do, we will be certain to stay out of the concrete.