I love writing. I love when inspiration hits and I have to get my thoughts down. It’s exhilarating. Whether you are a writer, or if you have a different passion or hobby, I am sure you can relate.
Yet if your writing or work is for the Kingdom of God, it is probable that you will encounter roadblocks. In my opinion, all Christians are in ministry. Even if you do not run or work for a church or other Christian organization, you are still in ministry because you are called to be a witness to everyone you encounter. We are all here to help out our fellow Christians and spread the Word to new Christians. And therefore this means that you too will likely experience roadblocks as well.
Whenever I am actively working on a book, a multitude of roadblocks appear out of nowhere. All of a sudden, I will have internet connection issues. Out of the blue, my computer will suddenly have gremlins working behind the scenes to stop me in my tracks. I might also experience problems with my website, chaos at work, and issues at home. One of the biggest roadblocks that surfaces is time. Inevitably my plate will become too full to find adequate time to write.
I have found that many times these roadblocks are put in place by the enemy. He knows that we are working for the Lord and he will do everything he can to stop us. If we can’t get our message out, then we can’t help other people, we can’t spread the Word, and we can’t bring new brothers and sisters to Christ.
In times like this, it is extra important to cling to the Father. Draw strength from Him. It might be tempting to quit and give up. It would be a whole lot easier to forget about this path we are on and live a mediocre life. But that is exactly when we have to pray and press forward. Pray to God and talk to Him about the roadblocks we encounter. Admit that we can’t do this on our own, but we need His help. And then press forward. Keep forging ahead. God will reroute you and provide a detour!
One of the most exciting things about this is how much we grow in the process. God will teach you a lot about patience, doing things in His timing, and trusting Him. In the past, you might have worried about the dilemmas in front of you. But now you will have unwavering faith, knowing that God will work everything out according to His will. You will see firsthand how God works all things together for good. You will walk away from the series of roadblocks with a new heart and a transformed outlook. This time with the Lord will prove to be very rich.
So the next time you encounter a roadblock, remember to pray and press forward. And trust God to provide a detour down the right path.