Having lived in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles, I consider myself an authority on traffic jams. When sitting in a traffic jam, all drivers want to know two things:
- What happened to cause this unending traffic jam?
- How long will it take to get back on the road?
You dial up radio reports, switch lanes and scan for flashing lights all in hope of some answers. Because let’s face it, not knowing what’s going on can make you nuts.
Typically the end of the traffic jam will reveal the cause as a pile of dented cars or an over turned semi truck. But sometimes you get to the end of the traffic jam and there is nothing there. No crash, no wreck, no reason at all for everyone to have sat surrounded by brake lights for the last 45 minutes. You drive on to your destination with no explanation of why your plans were taken off course.
Life can have traffic jams. Although you may be cruising through life at highway speeds, you can hit a traffic jam at anytime. Traffic jams could result from infertility, infidelity or maybe your job is moved to India. Suddenly, your travel plans are thrown out the window and life seems to crawl. Those same two questions reappear: What happened to cause this traffic jam and how long will it take to get my life back on the road again?
Answers would be so nice. Sometimes God gives us answers but more often than not, there are only miles upon miles of confusion and brake lights. Even as the heartache from the traffic jam begins to lighten, the need for answers from God can still linger. “God where were you?” “What were you doing?” Unanswered questions can become a traffic jam all their own, blocking you from the full comfort of God. It can take a lot of faith to look back at the hardships in your life and see the gentle hand of God.
Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is being sure of what is hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is knowing God is with you whether you see Him or not. Being “certain of what you do not see” definitely applies to stepping out in faith in your future but I think it also has to do with looking back with faith. For some, looking back with faith can be harder than looking forward. Is it harder for you to see the path before you and know that God is there or to look at the hardships in your past and know that God never left your side?
Expecting to know why traffic jams have happened in your life can pull you away from God when you need Him most. Look back with faith. Know God was always with you- even when you were surrounded by brake lights.