Perhaps you remember the story of John the Baptist. He was on a mission. He was always poised to let people know that God was at work and it was time for everyone to help prepare for His Messiah. Some people probably thought John was a little bit crazy. They may not have had a clue what he was talking about.
Maybe the lesson for us though is that John didn’t let anything stop him from doing what he felt called to do. No matter how many obstacles he faced, he kept at the job. He tried to make all the paths straight for people to be ready for Jesus.
When you are in the midst of recovery from stroke or other debilitating illness, you may feel like the obstacles are insurmountable. You may imagine that you simply can’t do the work required. After all, it’s hard work and it’s even a little frightening. I can identify with those feelings because I had a lot of those thoughts myself. I certainly went through times when I wondered, “Why did this happen to me?”
As I reflect on the story of John the Baptist though, the guy who didn’t let anything stop him from preparing the way for the Lord, I realize that I have to be a bit more like that. I have to be willing to keep doing the work, keep moving past the obstacles, because God has a plan for my life and He’s preparing me to do it.
As you go to therapy today or you look at how far you’ve come, just remember God has a plan for you and He is with you every moment helping you prepare the way. Don’t let anything stop you today!
As it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet: “This is a voice of one who calls out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord. Make the road straight for him.'”
Luke 3:4, NCV