This jumble of road signs is on the outskirts of Hawkinsville, GA. The highways come from different towns in various directions. They merge and spend a few miles and a little time together, and then split off to continue on separate journeys.
For a few, this section is the only place they ever meet (such as 26 and 341). Some run together more than just this short section. In this case, 26, 112 and 129 go eleven miles to Cochran, and then diverge. 27 and 341 run east together one hundred seventy miles to Brunswick on the coast (yet, on the west side of town, they separate never to meet again).
This could bring thoughts of the people who come and go in our lives. But, I would like to have it instead remind us of the opportunities we’re given as we come and go in others’ lives.
Some relationships are long term (in this analogy, we travel many miles together.) Others have varying lengths, depending on how long the separate journeys come together. Still others pass in a few moments.
But, short or long, our relationships are made of individual days. Like this stretch of road, where a particular group of highways comes together for a short time, each day we pass through has a particular group of people coming together around us. And, within that group, God gives us particular opportunities to serve others (and thus serve Him) that day.
I would say our responsibility is to pay attention to the signs around us, and obediently take advantage of the opportunities He gives us.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” 1 Peter 4:8-10 ESV
6 thoughts on “Roads Merge and God Gives Opportunities”
Very true. And one thing I’ve learned to my sorrow: if the Lord gives you a nudge to speak to someone, the devil’s voice will rush in with half a dozen reasons why yo shouldn’t.
“No, No! Not the right time…you haven’t got the skills to relate to this person’s needs.. he’ll pester you all day if you give him advice/a dollar.” Any excuse to keep the light of God from another soul.
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Thanks, Christine – glad you could visit again (it’s weird in browser land!). I have had the same experience – when I think of speaking, it’s amazing, as you say, how the reasons not to start coming to mind.
An excellent pondering Bill. Many times in my life I have traveled the road less traveled. There have been times when I have converged at major intersections and then there have been the times where the road parallels another. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings, Debra
Thanks very much, Debra. It does relate to a lot of happenings in life.
Perhaps, every new meeting with new people is a divinely arranged appointment, I’m being whimsical, I have often been helped by a strangers smile? 😄 Your little blog is always pleasant to visit.
Very true – I need to work at being that smiling stranger to others more often. I am thankful you enjoy your visits. I do appreciate them all.