Friday, April 25, 2008
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Mark 6:5 – [Jesus] could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. (NIV)

I had calculated sufficient time to drive the distance to my friend's house for a party. What I hadn't considered was roadblocks. I spent considerable time manoeuvring around two of them. The party was almost over when I arrived.

This experience prompted me to think of my spiritual journey. Jesus has invited us into His presence to spend time with Him. We want to be in His presence, to share in His joy and fellowship. Why then don't we enter into His presence and abide with Him?

We encounter roadblocks on our spiritual journey that make us late or keep us from arriving at all. A roadblock could be something as simple as not taking the time to enter into His presence through meditation and prayer. We just don't take the time to flip the switch that lights up our darkness.

Failure to forgive, lack of sufficient faith, hurt feelings, fear of rejection, busyness, and lack of focus can all be roadblocks that stand between us and the party with Jesus we desire to attend.

Jesus is waiting for us to enter His presence. Our faith is available to take us around the blockages and allow us a joyful gathering with Him, but we must turn on the switch. We must calculate the time needed to prepare for our trip, making sure that interruptions will not sidetrack us, keeping us from reaching our objective.

Prayer: Father, we desire to dwell in Your presence, but sometimes blockages appear on our paths. Direct us as we confront the roadblocks in our lives, and enable us to arrive in Your presence. Amen.

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