The first thought I had when I read this quote was quit looking for the easy path, the path with no obstacles. It is certainly a futile search because it doesn’t exist, not even for royalty and billionaires.
We will all endure suffering and pain in our lives of some kind, and many “obstacles” will be encountered. I have recently been rereading one of my favorite books,” The Shack”, which is a story of enduring pain, suffering, forgiveness, and redemption. It reminded me of the truth portrayed in the quote above. Life is a journey full of unforeseen barriers and unique circumstances we all must endure. Jesus’s life is the ultimate example of a life with obstacles that definitely lead somewhere!
As I further pondered the quote and my own life, a question came up that many of you may have contemplated at one time or another. “How did I get to where I am today?” What people, circumstances, and life events have brought me here?
In my case it is pretty clear what some of these things are, and it has meant a path full of obstacles, both negative, but also those that give me great gratitude and joy. Bacterial meningitis changed my life forever.
For many of us the life events and things that got us here are more subtle, but no less profound. For example, we may think of our family of origin and the benefits and obstacles it has provided. Perhaps there have also been traumatic or unexpected events like bacterial meningitis or some other illness or accident. Maybe there have been moments of great joy or wonderful accomplishment that bring you to this moment.
My friends, as the quote says, a path with no obstacles probably doesn’t lead anywhere. I know this has been true in my own life. Life is full of challenges for all of us. With the grace of God and the help of others, you can learn to face the challenges head on, and believe that no obstacle in your path is too big. For it is then that only the best is yet to come!