Have you ever wanted what you wanted when you wanted it? I have. There have been times when my spirit knew it was best to trust God’s timing, but my head, admittedly, desired to do a ‘go around.’ My head wanted to make things happen. Before you judge me, don’t. Back then, I didn’t understand that knowing God’s timing and yielding to His will are the ultimate confirmations of maturity. I get that, now. But there were times when I’ve wanted to toss maturity out of the window and do my own thing. If you’re shaking your head in disappointment, that’s okay, because I know I’m not alone.
You see, Abraham, a man described as “a friend of God,” went his own way a few times, too. Once, he lied to protect his own life by saying that his wife was his sister. He gave no thought to the consequences of his actions. He put his wife’s life in jeopardy in an attempt to save his own hide. He wasn’t the only one.
David, the sheaperd-boy-turned-King, was described as, “a man after God’s own heart.” Yet, he experienced his own ‘go around’ moments. Once, for example, (and brace yourselves because this example is extreme) he had an affair with the wife of a loyal soldier. Not a good idea. He tried to use one deception to cover another. He ultimately, had the soldier killed so that he could marry the man’s wife and legitimize her pregnancy. Now that, was an extreme ‘go around.’ Be advised: I am not condoning the action, just pointing out David’s determination to get his own way.
There was still another time when, Peter, my favorite disciple, decided to ‘go around’ Jesus’ admonishments to follow peace, and instead, went the way of the sword. Peter cut off a soldier’s ear to protect the Messiah he loved. Jesus chided him and re-attached the ear to the soldier’s head. Peter may have been a follower of Jesus on the outside, but there was still some following of Jesus he had to learn on the inside.
See, the thing about the “go around’ is that it rarely turns out the way you planned. When you choose to ‘go around’, most times, you’ll end up regretting the moment. You’ll discover that, had you given the situation a little more time, you could have easily come up with better, more productive and godly ways to handle your situation. That’s why I’ve come to love a verse of scripture found in Psalm 119 near the 29th verse of the Message Bible. Ironically, the words were written by the man who understood, better than most, the pain and consequences of choosing to take the ‘go around.’ It was David, himself, that prayed, “Lord, Barricade the road that goes nowhere.” Barricade the road that goes nowhere.
Webster defines a barricade as “a structure set up across a route of access for defense or the obstruction of passage.” Let’s face it, sometimes we are tempted to choose the way that looks good, sounds reasonable or even, seems right. And then, there are other times when we just want what we want. And that’s why David’s prayer has become so dear to me. Whether I am making plans, making decisions or making changes in my life, I’ve learned to pray this simple prayer: No matter what the plans, decisions or changes I have in my mind, I pray: “Lord, PLEASE, BARRICADE THE ROAD that goes nowhere.”
A barricade blocks your access. A barricade is designed to keep you from making a ‘go around’. Look at Webster’s definition again. The purpose of a barricade is for defense or obstruction of passage. Think about driving your car up to a barricade. Why is it there? Sometimes barricades are in place to protect you. Why? Maybe the bridge is out. Maybe the road is flooded. Maybe there is a giant sinkhole on the other side. In terms of defense or protection, there could be ice falling off a building in a particular area. There could be a dangerous construction zone up ahead. When we ask God to barricade the road that leads nowhere, we’re saying, “God this is what I’m planning to do, trying to do, BUT, if I am making a choice that is unknowingly beyond the boundary of Your will; if it’s a choice that will cause me to get hit by life’s falling debris or will maneuver my life into a sinkhole of destruction or flood my life with calamity… Lord, Please, barricade my way.
When we ask God to barricade the road that goes nowhere, we are, with child-like faith, admitting that we don’t know what we’re doing. And even when we do know a way to get something done, we know HIS way isn’t just better. His way is BEST. Do you want a sure-fire way to keep your life on track? No matter what you’re planning to do, just pray this simple, seven-word prayer: Lord, Barricade the road that goes . . . nowhere.
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