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By the late Pastor Bob Moody

In my neck of the woods, the roads are under construction from early spring until late fall. It seems I can’t travel very far before I hit a “detour” sign. If it isn’t “detour,” then it’s “reduce speed.” If it isn’t “reduce speed,” then I’ve got to “be prepared to stop.” While I am being “prepared to stop,” I’ve got to “watch for workers.” If I don’t, I could be fined double in a construction zone. If there are no signs, then I’m driving through fresh asphalt patches. If you’re lucky, your car is black and the tar won’t show up.

Some people get real upset at construction problems. They shouldn’t. If you keep an open mind, there’s a benefit to those construction issues. More than once, a detour has sent me down an obscure side road where I have viewed beautiful new country that I wouldn’t have seen before.

“Reducing speed isn’t all that bad. It saves gasoline. Being “prepared to stop” has saved my bacon more than once. Watching for workers is a hoot! More than once I’ve got to see people doing the funniest things. I’ve had a good laugh and my day has been brighter. As for the tar on the car, I prefer to think of it as free undercoating.

This journey called faith is much like that. We surrender our lives to Jesus and are so grateful for this new road we’re traveling on. Before long, however, we hit the construction problems. There are “detours” which cause us to see grace in a new way. There are situations which cause us to “reduce speed” and “prepare to stop.” Watching out for others brings joy to our lives. And tar – well, some things just happen. Just remember God is in control. Don’t sweat the construction problems.

By the way, in my neck of the woods, we do have a few months with no construction. We just slide all over and plow through the snow. Kind of like life. Know what I mean?

Lord, just keep me on the road is all I ask. A little help with my attitude is always appreciated. Thanks!

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at


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