When Life Forces You to Navigate a Bend in the Road

 

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I love motorcycling through what’s known to motorcyclists as the “twisties”.  Laymen refer to these as curves.

Although the thrill of leaning into a curve is often exhilarating, curves also pose some uncertainty, as to what’s around the bend.  Not being able to see around the bend causes some anxiety, because the unknown is usually scary and unpredictable.

Such is life.

In his book “A Bend in the Road”, Dr, David Jeremiah chronicles his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and points to the book of Psalms as a sustaining ally, when you’re in the fight for your life.  The book was of particular interest to me, because I too was in a similar battle as I read it.

Sometimes, those curves in life come upon you suddenly, and you’re faced with the inherent uncertainties that come with not knowing what’s on the end of the bend.

Joshua 1:9 says “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Your bend in life may be a loved-one suffering from a terminal illness, your own physical battles, children in trouble, job uncertainties, financial difficulties, loss of a loved-one and the list goes on.

Whatever the bend in your life may be, God promises to go with you all the way through it, to the other side.  What a powerful and sustaining ally to have at your side during a time of angst and uncertainty.

As a country, we could certainly benefit from having God as an ally when encountering bends in the road that impact us as a nation.  The following proviso is found in Psalm 105:4:

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“Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”

The question we must ask ourselves is this:  “Are we truly seeking his face, or have we flaunted our delusional self-reliance in his face?”

As a person, I know the answer to that question.

As a nation, I fear the answer.