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


  1. So...would it be safe to say we are to be a John the Baptizer-type of person?

  2. This is a great reminder. It's not on us, we're just blessed to be a part of it and get to see His hand in our lives and the lives of others.

  3. I LOVE this analogy and the teamwork involved - one plants, one waters...

  4. Thank you for this great analogy!

  5. Thanks for this wonderful lesson - and a great word picture! I love analogies, as they really help me grab spiritual truths. This one really made an impact on me. When we deal with non-believers, it's easy to think that I am the one to *make it happen*. No, it's always the Holy Spirit's work. We plant the seeds...and may God make us good sowers.


    1. Thanks, Sharon. So thankful we are NOT the ones to "make it happen."

  6. This blown me away! I love about the teamwork thing to meet Jesus. My husband and I used to talk about teamwork thing and I loved it. Thank you for great reminder. Also, thanks for stopping by - I really really missed you and so glad that I am back here.
    Love, Eva :)

    1. I am glad you are back, Eva! Thanks for stopping by!