A lot of things can get in the way of our goals. In fact, some of the plans I made for 2022 have already been revised.
Fortunately, I expected this year would come with challenges, and with every challenge comes a choice.
One of my goals this year was to be more intentional with my writing and using this platform.
Since I was old enough to form words, I’ve loved to write. I drew pictures and colored as a girl. I chronicled my thoughts away to “Dear Diary,” as a teen, and I graduated to journaling when I became a believer. My love for writing eventually turned to blogging and became a springboard to sharing my story here.
The goal to write more this year got off to a glorious start. I received a new journal for Christmas that was accompanied by a set of erasable pens. There is something inspiring about a fresh new journal and my enthusiasm easily translated from the pen to paper.
But even the best laid plans can be met with roadblocks. In terms of my writing, a more accurate description would be writers-block.
If you’re a writer and you’ve ever experienced this crippling phenomena, then you know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, then just imagine being stuck. Stuck in the mud, stuck in the snow, stuck in life. You’ve hit a wall and for reasons that cannot be explained, no matter how hard you try, you can’t go any further.
You don’t have to be a writer to know that obstacles aren’t fun. They mess up our plans. They keep us from accomplishing the things that God has put in our hearts. They can even block us from reaching our potential if we let them.
As I pondered these thoughts and others, I wondered …
Is it possible that this interruption was meant for my good?
Not every challenge is planned. Sometimes our obstacles are unexpected and we are unprepared for their interruption. I spent a few days considering my present circumstances, and here is what I found.
Check your heart for sin.
Sometimes an obstacle gets in the way of our path forward because there’s sin in our heart. I had to consider what I was writing and why. More importantly, I had to ask myself who I was writing for.
In life, we can encounter roadblocks because we are pursuing things that God never meant for us to pursue. If you find yourself hitting a wall, step back and see if that wall has been put there by God to get you going back in the right direction.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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.
Seek Gods wisdom to help you with your obstacle.
We spend a lot of time trying to think of ways around the roadblocks we encounter. Money, intellect, and determination can open a lot of doors for us, but as a believer, my greatest desire should be to see God’s will accomplished in my life.
In the case of my writing, I began asking God give me wisdom. Not every obstacle is sin. Sometimes God just wants us to understand that we can’t go forward on our own – that we need Him in every way.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Deal with strongholds in your mind.
When I wasn’t able to translate what was in my heart to the blog, I realized that the biggest obstacle was in my mind. Fear of writing a “worthy” post became a roadblock to writing an authentic post.
Why do I spend so much time sharing my thoughts? Am I really inspiring people? Maybe I should quit. No one reads what I write anyway. I shrank from the mental assault and my word flow halted.
The key to overcoming a mental roadblock is to replace the lies we believe with the truth – Gods truth.
God reminded me that writing is something that I do because keeping a record of my journey with Jesus helps me grow in my faith. It helps me see Gods faithfulness as I record the highs and lows of life and it reminds me of His answers to my prayers. It doesn’t matter how “good” my writing is, or who is reading it. God said to write and I write for Him.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Nothing is too hard for God.
I’ve been a believer for quite some time now, yet I still find myself falling into the error of believing an obstacle in my life is bigger than the God of all creation.
Standing firm in the knowledge that God is who He says He is and that nothing is too hard for Him can help us overcome any obstacle.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
God uses obstacles for good.
Obstacles not only remind us of our need for God, they also remind us that He is ultimately in control. I wasn’t able to write for a few days, but I was able to spend more time in the Word and prayer. The Lord reminded me that every challenge I’ve ever faced has taught me something valuable.
Our faith in a God who can do anything but fail is the greatest tool we have as we navigate the obstacles we will face in this world. When we cling to Him, study His word, obey it, and pray for wisdom and strength, we can find peace in the process and our faith can flourish.
What are some ways God has used roadblocks to teach you? I would love to hear from you in the comments section!