Every day this week I’ve been driving my son to and from science camp, I’m on the highway twice between 8:30 and noon. I don’t mind driving, 15 minutes of quiet time each direction is a welcomed blessing, however some of the ramps are short and the traffic has been heavy. The combination of these factors means that I must grab any slightly open window and make it my own. That’s not my style of driving. I’m much more content to wait my turn until a nice space opens up. My husband often teases me: “Drive as fast as you can, where you can.” I’ve been attempting to embrace his words this week.
It’s another rainy day; we’ve had a lot of these recently. I feel quiet inside, reflective and stilled by the constant dripping around me. I don’t view it as a day made for intensive maneuvering. When I approached the highway just before noon, I felt the peace of Jesus envelop me. I felt his whisper: “I will make a way where there is no way.” I drove up the ramp, cars moved, clearing a space. Stunned, I entered easily. His peace continued; his words cascading over me like the rain-washing over my car. “I will make a way where there is no way.” As I approached the next ramp, it was unusually clear—no cars in sight. Both scenarios had not happened all week. This was my 10th trip on the highway in 5 days; I knew the drive like the back of my hand, but not in this manner.
Five short minutes on the highway significantly altered my day. God wrapped me in a cocoon of peace as he wove his declarations of promise around me. “I will make a way where there is no way.”
I need this reminder, and the expectancy it stirs within my heart. I’m aware of my need for Jesus, and I know that he is with me. Sometimes though, I forget that he is working in advance of the situations I face and challenges that swirl around me. Even when there’s nothing wrong he is working. He knows the climate of my heart. This morning he spoke soft promises into my quiet places. He is reminding me of truths I must cement inside myself for the days ahead.
The Bible speaks of provision in many ways—through the parting of the Red Sea, through miracles performed by Jesus and through the work of Holy Spirit as scripture knits itself within our heart. The following verse calls to me today, validating the words I felt and the enveloping peace that has descended.
Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Jesus is at work. He is doing new things, creating new roads, and unveiling new paths in places we wouldn’t see on our own. He is even providing wide-open spaces on tight roads we travel often.