Expect Delays


Every day for the past few weeks I’ve seen it as I pull out of Johnson Hill Road onto the Beltline... the endless procession of trucks, cars, and vans creeping along the nearby interstate highway.  It’s part of the summertime ritual of road repair.  It really doesn’t matter which direction you go or which highway you travel, road construction and repair crews are everywhere.  It gets frustrating at times.  After all, the speed limit is 65 mph and there you are creeping along at 10 or 15 and even stopping at times. 


For the last couple of years the highway department has been using caution signs that tell about the repair work and warn us to “EXPECT DELAYS.”  It doesn’t make the delay any shorter or less inconvenient, but at least it does let us know it’s coming.  I suppose that helps a little, and sometimes you can plan alternate routes. 


As I was thinking about all this (amidst a traffic slowdown) I realized that this situation is a lot like our lives as Christians.  We are always under construction.  None of us is what we should be.  God is always at work in our lives shaping us into what he wants us to be, and as His people, that’s what we want.  Sometimes it seems that no matter which direction we go in our life there are construction delays.  It seems the Lord has to keep fixing the same things over and over.  


It might help if there were signs letting us know to expect delays.  Actually, there are the equivalent of those signs in the Bible.  We have the reassurance that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)


The Bible even tells us the best route to take.  Psalm 119:32 says, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”  The way of God’s commands is always the fastest, safest route to take.  The writer of Hebrews said, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” (Heb. 12:1)


I wish for you patience and endurance as you travel life’s road.  Expect delays.