Jill Jarrell Newsome
"Bless The Broken Road"
When I was in South Africa I drove the garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. I will always believe that what made it even more beautiful was the miracle that I was able to take that trip. It was a trip of a lifetime and I saw the most beautiful mountains, the big five animals, up close and personal and God really showed off on their beaches.
I believe in thanking God for the hard times because that is when we grow. I recently heard, "bless the broken road." When I look back on my life at the times when the road was broken and I was stopped, detoured, held up, turned around it was a blessing. God kept me from messing up - I just didn't know it. Many things I still don't understand but I believe it was a blessing because God wants what is best for me.
Sometimes the broken roads bring things we don't think we can do but God will give us what we need. His grace is there on demand. He will give us a fresh anointing. The waters may rise but they will not sweep us over! Isaiah 43: 2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." With God's daily grace we will have more strength today than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
When we look back we will see that every broken road led us to Jesus. If the road and ride was smooth I would still be flying along, being the pilot, not growing and missing out on many blessings. I don't believe that garden route would have been so beautiful if I had not spent the year prior in the valley. Because of that I see Jesus in so many things! Sometimes disappointments lead us home. When I look back on the hard times, I know it took me to another level in my relationship with God. I will also tell you that that destination was worth the trip! Bless the broken road!