Going through an obstacle can be like driving into a patch of fog. You know that it’s there but you can’t back up and you have to keep moving forward. In the beginning, it may not seem difficult because the patches are pretty light. In your mind, you may even be hoping that it won’t last long. And, it doesn’t appear to immediately affect your visibility. However, the farther you drive into the fog, the more you are surrounded by it and the thicker it becomes. It’s not long before you can only see so far in front of you. The fog becomes so dense; it’s only safe to move forward in baby steps. You may even have to drive slower than the speed limit. And just when it may seem as though you see a clearing, here comes more fog. You don’t know when it’s going to end but all you can do is move forward and face the uncertainty on the other side. In fact, don’t be surprised if the fog comes in several patches before it completely clears. As you move through it one thing is for sure, you must face it to get through it.
This is how I would like to challenge you to conquer your obstacles. Your “fog” may be a financial challenge, a failed relationship, or the loss of a job. No matter what it is, you must face it to get through it. Going through a struggle not only builds our character but it also strengthens our resilience. Even though moving in the opposite direction of the obstacle may seem the like the easy way out; it’s likely it will return and catch you off guard (like the fog). So go ahead, face your fear, conquer the challenge, and turn that obstacle into an opportunity!
Write About It: This week, reflect on the “fog” in your life. In what ways are you avoiding it? What opportunities has it created for you? As you journal your responses, be truthful about what’s really keeping you from going through the fog and reaching your clearing. Afterwards, feel free to go my blog and share your breakthroughs!