God’s Protection Is Often Disguised
I read once of a circuit riding preacher who divided his time between working and preaching. He finally decided he would go into the store business. He clerked in the store until the person who was writing of him said, “He experienced a successful failure,” and then went into a full-time ministry.
Often we curse the hedge of thorns, detours, blocks, and barricades because they are in our way and delay what we think is our progress, which in most cases, is not progress at all but only our stubborn will whipped up into an almost insane hurry.
Most of what we count to be obstacles in the way are God’s provided protection to keep us on track and out of the rut of going over the cliff. All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called of God, according to his purpose.
Sometimes what we see is the backside and it looks tattered and ragged, but when we see the other side, it is a beautiful carpet with a design that is pleasing and enjoyable.
So it is in the practices of life. Man’s way is a low way. God’s way is as high as the heaven is above the earth.
We must always remember that heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool.