By Pastor Barry Wood
I was doing some painting today in my garage. I have a project going at home and needed to paint some doors and trim boards. Painting is a relatively mindless task and I had time to allow my mind to wander into some stored-up memories. It gave me an opportunity to just relax and reflect.
I remembered a time when my daughter Noel was given the opportunity to sing the national anthem at an NBA basketball game. She sang it beautifully. In attendance that night was the very popular country music group, Rascal Flatts. They would be performing the next night in that very building and decided to attend the game. They were interviewed at halftime by the TV network covering the game. The reporter asked them why they didn’t sing the national anthem that night. They laughed as they answered, “Well, we couldn’t have done it as well as the girl who sang it tonight.” I liked them before that night and after hearing that interview, I liked them even more! After all, I am a proud dad.
That memory reminded me of a song they performed called, “Bless the Broken Road.”* It became a #1 hit on Billboard country music chart in 2005 and won a Grammy award. The first few lyrics say this: “I set out on a narrow way many years ago, hoping I would find true love along the broken road.”
I relate well to that song because the road I have walked toward God has been a broken one. There have been many mistakes, many wrong turns, many times that I fell. But there was always one great and overriding motivation for me to get up and continue walking that road: Jesus was the love I was looking for. I found that no matter how broken I am, no matter how many times I have fallen or gone the wrong way, he still loves me. On that road, he has shown me the way to go and picked me up many times. I’ve learned there is nothing I could ever do that would interrupt his love for me.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He knows the way to speak truth to me and guide my life along the broken road. I pray that no matter what your life’s road looks like, you will know the love of Jesus and that you cannot escape it. No matter what you have done, what you are doing, or what you will do that seems to block the way to him, his love overcomes it all.
God’s love for you is not diminished by your failures. JESUS LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT! He longs for you and I to find that loving relationship with him along broken roads.
*Bless the Broken Road
Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna