A New Road

February 27, 1999
by Mary Daniel

John 20:25,29 – The other disciples said therefore unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (KJV)

We are all familiar, no doubt, with the expression, "Oh you doubting Thomas", which pertains to today's scripture.

In May, it will be the second anniversary of the opening of the new Island Highway, which cuts travelling time and congestion considerably from the old Island Highway.

It was many years in the making and was not without opposition as well as heartbreaks and disappointments. There are those, even now, who think it should be faster, and without stoplights. There are many of us who were "doubting Thomases" when, during construction, the re-routing configurations seemed to make no sense at all. We just couldn't see the overall plan. We had to trust and believe that those in charge – the planners, the engineers – knew what they were doing and that the traffic would flow smoothly. And it has, for the most part. It offers quicker access, a totally different view, and the freedom of feeling that one could be driving just about anywhere.

Recently, having finished a certain Bible course, our group decided we wanted to continue on our own. The only problem was, the only evening the church had open, was an evening to which I was already committed. The continuing Bible study was out for me.

Another Bible course I had wanted to re-take was also slated at a time when I was unable to attend. Giving up my commitments was not an option. I wondered why that would happen. It seemed for a second that God would want me to study, so the way would be cleared. I just had to believe that He knew what He was doing.

The next day, I received a call asking for my help on something with another group. I was able to do that. Those with whom I volunteer are needing me more. My trust in what He wants me to do has shown me the new road He wants me to travel.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, may we, even in our smallest disbeliefs, our most minute challenges, and those times when we become "doubting Thomases" remember that you are the Master Engineer. Only You know the overall plan for the road on which we are to travel. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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