I had an interesting dream last night.
I was driving along a highway when all of a sudden a "entering construction zone" sign was on the side of the road. I slowed down to what felt like barely moving. The road had many lanes and only a few drivers on it. We all traveled at this agonizingly slow pace. There were no road crew workers, no other signs, and no orange cones. It looked like a normal road with no construction in sight for miles, but we were stuck traveling along like we were driving Flintstones cars.
Another driver, was right next to me, and she was getting very frustrated. She told me she was getting annoyed going so slow and wanted to sped up. I told her that I wasn't sure that was a good idea. She was just about to sped up when we saw smoke up ahead. Going so slowly it took us awhile to drive to the scene of the smoke. We were stopped on a bridge and looked down to the road below us. A car was upside-down and was no longer on fire.
There were people around the car, firemen, tow truck workers, and by-standers. They were talking about the driver of the car and it seemed others like him. They were saying that they wished that people in the construction zone would travel the right speed and not try to rush through the construction zone. They said this always happened when someone thought that because the road was clear they could just rush through it.
I woke up then and thought it was a strange dream. It wasn't long before I heard God speak to me. He told me that the dream was like life. We drive along our road of life and run into these times when it feels like we are barely moving.We feel stuck, frustrated, and try to figure out how to get moving quicker. We think if I just do this or just do that then we can get going faster. Some succeed in speeding the construct phase up, but end up crashing. But regardless of how clear the road appears God has a purpose and a plan for the construction phases of our lives.
So if you are in a construction zone phase of your life remember that you need to go at the pace God has set, even if it feels extremely slow. We have all been there, are there, or will be there soon, so let's encourage each other as we travel in the zone.