This past weekend, Indianapolis had over 500 crashes due to frozen ice on the roads. Friday night a sheet of ice covered the roads while the temperature hovered below freezing.
As I drove home late that evening, I passed hundreds of cars, stuck. Some turned in the opposite direction, some cars slid off the road, semis were jack-knifed, most at a complete standstill- it was something I’ve never seen before. In disbelief, I was able to travel safely home.
Saturday morning, I immediately grabbed my phone to read the news. People were stranded on the highway for eight or more hours. Most people just deserted their vehicle. One image showed first responders sliding on their butts across the highway to get from car to car to help stranded drivers.
Our city was helpless.
Lately, I’ve felt a lot like those stranded drivers on the highway. Frozen.
Have you ever felt frozen?
Over the past six months, I’ve been on an uphill climb. Steady progressing toward greatness. I’ve felt the best I’ve ever felt before. Motivated. Inspired. Creative. Blessed. Amazing opportunities were opening for me and everything seemed to be falling into place… until disappointment smacked me in the face and stopping me in my tracks.
After four interviews with a company that I could only dream of working for, I was informed that I did not get the job. After much prayer and a whole lot of hope, if felt like someone blew out my candle and I was standing in the dark wondering what happened.
Since then I haven’t felt motivated. I haven’t felt inspired. And to be quite frank, a little perplexed by God’s decision. Of course, everyone sent me words of encouragement
“God has something better in store”
“Something greater is coming”
“When one door closes, another door opens”
BLAH BLAH BLAH- I didn’t want to hear it.
One friend said “I’ll spare you the Jesus talk, but greater is coming. I promise.”
I’ve prayed time after time for God to send me! Use me! I’m a willing vessel! And when I found out I was flying out of state to interview for this company, I just knew it was mine. I was ready. I was blown away at this door that was opening. I just knew it was God-ordained.
But since that disappointing news of rejection, it’s been difficult to get my traction again. The excitement is gone. I feel like a turtle retracting it’s head into its shell, afraid to come back out. To be completely honest, my conversations with God have been minimal and my quiet time has been nonexistent.
Where do I go from here? I was mentally preparing for this next season, yet here I am- frozen.
This weekend the local Indianapolis news station posted tips on what to do when traveling in frozen conditions, and I found an inkling of encouragement.
- Don’t stop going up a hill
A friend of mine has a driveway at a slight incline. He said Friday night when he put his truck in park, it slid back four feet. As durable as his truck is, it just reminded me that once you’ve started, you can’t stop.
I realized that as soon as I stop on my uphill climb, I have the potential to regress and slide back into the place where I was before. I am in the middle of a climb toward my destiny and I have to keep going.
- Don't power-up hills by accelerating as you try to climb them
For me, I like to get to my destination fast. The world today is about immediate satisfaction. But when your path is frozen, you can’t just power through in acceleration; you’ll be going nowhere, fast.
Sometimes we go ahead of God, before the time is right. I know that I have to take my time up this incline in life. Let the traction I’ve already made propel me forward at a steady rate.
- Consult maps and call ahead to your destination for road conditions.
The Word of God is our map. Before going into any situation, talk to God first. God sees what is ahead and he will take you on an alternative route if needed. He knows the end before the beginning.
This is particularly difficult when all signs point you in one direction, but God takes you a different way. That’s when you have to sit back, have faith, and be the co-pilot.
- Always look and steer where you want to go
Steer in the direction you want to go. If I take my eyes off the road, I have the potential to get distracted and slide off the path that is getting me to my final destination.
Paul said in Philippians 3:14 “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
If you feel frozen, I’m right there with you. But let’s take heed to these tips and continue making the trek to our final destination.
I still believe, the best is yet to come.
Romans 12:11-13 (MSG)
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder...
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