IMG_0635While walking through the woods this morning, worries were weighing me down. I prayed and ask the Lord for wisdom. It was then that I came upon a tree that was blocking a bridge I was about to cross. It must have fallen in the night. It was too heavy for me to move, and since I did not want to wade through the creek beneath, I crawled through the sturdy tree branches.

It’s been a morning filled with obstacles, some of which I had been fretting over even before climbing out of bed. Lately, I feel like am constantly trying to remove or move obstacles. I catch myself thinking,
“If this situation will be resolved, we will be OK!”,
only to find that the next obstacle stands waiting to be discovered.

I sensed the Lord speak to me today, there in the middle of the woods, in that quiet place of desperation and exhaustion, “I will move it – in my time!”

Letting God take care of our obstacles, requires us to realize that this life will never be free from burdens and that we are in constant need of HIM.

Letting God take care of our obstacles requires us to humbly admit that they are too heavy for us.

Letting God take care of our obstacles requires faith in the sovereign plan of God and trust in His abilities to move in His time.

Letting God take care of our obstacles requires us to ask for wisdom from Him.

Letting God take care of our obstacles requires our patience and ability to wait on Him.

Letting God take care of our obstacles requires our understanding that He can use all things for His glory. 

“Lord, help me to rest in You, knowing You take care of my obstacles. 
Teach me to point to YOU, even when I am tired and exhausted.
For You promised that You would never leave nor forsake me.
In Jesus’ name”

The cross at the shore

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28


3 responses to “Obstacles”

  1. Heidi I only just received your post of Oct. 29 about obstacles. It’s a bit of a long story but I wasn’t receiving my emails on my IPad, rather on a tablet that I rarely use. Anyway, I just had to tell you how much it spoke to me. Most of this year I have faced nothing but obstacles! I really like what God spoke to your heart about them and it speaks mountains of truth to me. Everything you said about what obstacles accomplish in our Christian lives are jewels of truth! Anyway, I feel like I’m having short rest from them for a short while…..even though they have caused me much stress, I’ve learned so much spiritually in the mean time. Basically, God is good all the time and I’m slowly learning to walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you so much Heidi for your writing, it’s so encouraging and inspiring! Love Jacquie


  2. Thank you, Heidi, for highlighting (so beautifully!) the truth that God uses even the obstacles in our lives for his glory. Such an encouragement. Oh, Lord, may I be a willing, learning participant!


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