Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Preparing the Road

“Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!” Mark 1:3b

When I think about witnessing to others, I am instantly inundated by “what ifs”.
What if I don’t say the right words?
What if I’m not convincing enough?
What if I turn them off?
What if they don’t respond at all?

As I was reading Mark 1:1-8, the second half of verse 3 stuck in my mind, like a leaf caught in an eddy of water--“Get the road ready for the Lord; make a straight path for him to travel!”

I suddenly realized what it didn’t say—It didn’t say I had to convince them. It didn’t say I was accountable for their response.

All this verse asks of me is to prepare the road for Jesus.

As I thought about Mark 1:3, I got to wondering what all goes in to making a road?

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation there are five steps: 1) informing, 2) designing, 3) earthwork, 4) paving, and 5) opening. Each step is tackled by different teams—engineers, environmentalists, landscape architects, soil scientists, contactors, heavy equipment operators, inspectors, masons, and a plethora of others.

It’s clear that making a road is teamwork. Isn’t preparing the way for someone to meet Jesus also teamwork? Sometimes God might use me to share what I know about Him. Other times He may direct me to lay the bedrock of Scriptural truths. There have been times when I have simply felt led to pray with the person. I realize all these are steps in preparing the way for Jesus to move in a person’s life.

I wonder what my, or your, "road construction" jobs will entail today?

Be encouraged!

©2016 Pamela D. Williams