You know about the road less travelled or the one that leads you home. Perhaps, you search for the road to success, but instead find the fork in the road. You stumble as to which direction to turn and end up looking in the wrong direction. You desire the high road, but feel backed into a corner and instead take the low road.
But have you heard of the Road to Yes??
What would it take for you to get there? Is it a place you wish to visit? How will you know the road is leading to yes when inside you only hear the word “no”?
Life typically takes us in many different directions. We experience ups and downs, twists and turns and the straight road leading to the horizon. But, when we stop to choose our way at the fork, we see possibilities either way. One road looks like “no” and the other is the road to yes.
I am captivated by roads and pathways. Each one is waiting for discovery and expectation sizzles like a candle as it is first lit. But honestly, I want to make the choice and take control.
Paul begins his letter to the Romans sharing how anxious he is to visit Rome. Over and over again, Paul is prevented from going to Rome. My first reaction to being stymied at every turn would look like frustration. Paul, however, took it in stride because he knew that God said “yes” to this plan but added not yet. How many times do we try to get somewhere and instead find ourselves back where we started? Are we happy with knowing the answer is “yes, but not yet”?
For the last month, I lived in a time warp of heading toward the road to yes with a firm footnote of not yet. I lived with a friend and learned that waiting patiently works to your advantage if you let it. I was gifted with rest, slow days, long walks and good books and fell into an easy rhythm of learning how to wait. Almost two weeks ago now, my house was ready and I moved out of my friend’s house into my home. My “yes” came much sooner than Paul’s did.
The Book of Romans, with all of its intricacies, gives us insight into Paul’s ministry and his desire to reach Jews and Gentiles by sharing the Gospel. But when we read Paul’s words we find out that while his heart was in the right place he also needed to trust in God’s timing.
There are several reasons that take us off road from the “yes” to a “no”.
God tells us we are not the right person for the job. Have you ever experienced rejection when searching for a job? In your mind, you knew the job was perfect for you but for some reason you were passed by.
We find out the work is right but not now. God tells us “no” because He knows that there is other work that He has for us. I remember making a choice as a young teacher to leave teaching completely. I felt I could succeed with more rewards in another field. God quickly showed me how teaching was my ministry. The lesson here is that God always knows best.
God knows the right time and the right work. How often have you prayed a specific prayer only to find it unanswered again and again? God prepares our hearts for the work He chooses for us and creates the perfect setting and timing.
The road to yes is the road to God. It is choosing to walk faithfully toward Him. God provides the “yes” and the “no” at the perfect time. His plan is foolproof and the road we travel always leads us home.
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As you look toward your road to yes, press into God. Know how He wants the best for you. Allow yourself to go off road if God leads you there. Lean in to God’s timing and His gentle leading.
Let Paul’s words remind you that God is the keeper of our yes, but not yet.First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. Romans 1:8-10
Pressing in and trusting,