We were coming home from the gym and we were caught up in rush hour traffic. I was driving and trying to keep my eyes pealed for what was ahead. Three lanes of traffic going in one direction, red lights, tail lights then up ahead at the intersection police. All three lanes come to a halt. We watch the policeman get out of his car and start walking. What is he doing?
As I scan the area in front of me I see a car in the middle of the intersection. New car, no dents, but also NO DRIVER!
Who leaves their car in the middle of a busy intersection and just walks away?
The policeman goes to see if he can help the person who is not visible. He walks up and looks in and then walks away. We all watch waiting for someone to do something!
He walks back to his patrol car then turns on his siren and speeds away. Then 4 more police cars race by sirens blaring and follow him.
Well, here we all sit with the car in the middle of the intersection blocking a lane of traffic and the police racing away from the scene.
We do what any rush hour traffic does, we squeeze into 2 lanes and carefully head home.
Do I know why the car was in the middle of the intersection?
Did the police know something I didn’t?
I am sure of it.
That’s the way our life seems so much of the time. We are able to only see what is happening right now or what has happened in the past.
Broken, hurting, frightened life. We can’t see the whole picture.
There are many things in our lives that seem devastating at the time. But as we move forward with God he reveals to us the ways he has taken bad circumstances and used them for good.
Like when the early church was under grave persecution by the Romans. The people scattered far and wide and so did the gospel.
I am sure the people didn’t see it at the time that it was a good thing but we certainly do. We can see the brushstroke of God in the situation.
Perhaps we need to do the same with our lives.
No one is exempt from hardship.
But could that hardship be the brushstroke of God in our lives?
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I also I am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Are you checking for brushstrokes in your life?