My 10th grade physics teacher was Mrs. Randall and she was really a hoot. She was a short, feisty, brilliant woman, married to my 9th grade basketball coach. I can still picture her at the black board teaching away with energy and excitement, all designed to get us to understand the importance of physics. She would no doubt be disappointed with her results with me.
I always will remember her statement to me when I was trying to solve a physics problem. Although, I got the right answer, she said, “Neil, solving a problem the way you are doing it is like going through Texarkana to get to Little Rock.” Ok, so you may not get her meaning but I sure did.
I grew up in Malvern Arkansas, a great place to be from. To the southwest about 90 miles away is the city of Texarkana near where Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana all come together, and hence the name. To the northeast, about 45 minutes away is the state capital, Little Rock. So if I were in Malvern, going to Texarkana to get to Little Rock, would be heading the opposite direction. It was the wrong or at least the most inconvenient and longest way to get to the desired outcome.
Unless, of course, you had to pick up something in Texarkana that had to be delivered to Little Rock, which of course, would be the only possible way of doing it. I think often times we believe the Lord has sent us the long way around in our adventure of life. Sometimes my understanding of what he is doing seems like the long road, the inconvenient, or troubled way. Why cant we just head straight to Little Rock?
Well because there may be something we are to learn, or receive, or give in Texarkana. So no, it may not seem to be the most efficient way, but it may just be the only way for us to do or become what God would have for us.
So today, maybe you are feeling like God has you headed toward Texarkana and you are trying to get to Little Rock. Instead of being frustrated, enjoy his leadership and see and experience all you can on the way, it might be the only way for you to get where he wants you to go.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®)
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