Pothole Season

 

I can’t believe it, but it looks like spring has finally sprung. All the snow and ice is a memory. Flowers are starting to poke their heads out of the ground, peeking to see if it’s safe to bloom. I’ve seen robins all over the place.

But along with the signs of promise, I see the damage the weather has left behind too. The streets in my town look like a war zone. Driving my usual path to the library or post office has now become a test of my sight and reflexes. Yes, the pothole season in upon us.

Local TV and newspapers breathlessly report the phenomena like it’s the first time we’ve ever seen one. But it is a problem. Some are so large they are dubbed ‘car eating’ and ‘alignment killers.’

I know that the roads were constructed with care. Very talented engineers worked on the plans. But they are no match for the extremes of weather and water. A constant temperature, with little moisture, keeps the pavement flat and constant.

Well, I don’t live in a place like that.

My spirit doesn’t live in a place like that either. Breathed into me at birth, my spirit is strong and peaceful. It sure is easier to keep the peace when everything around me is the same way. But that’s not always the case.

Job losses, broken relationships and illness are just some of the examples of the ‘bad weather’ that I experience. All the emotions and strife shift and buckle my spiritual foundation. Pretty soon the craters start appearing. My soul is starting to look like a moonscape. I’m left wounded and empty.

I’ll see the holes and pull up the truck to fill them in. Not understanding that it’s the base layer that’s the issue, I start cramming each hole one by one. I try stuffing it with activities, busyness and distraction.

It helps for a while, but it never lasts very long. In the end, the patch is going to crack again. And I’m right back where I started.

In my town, sometimes the streets can’t be patched anymore. The blacktop has to be stripped and a preparation for a new substructure is evened and prepared.

It’s the same in my spirit. I have to go deeper than just a patch job. I have to get to the bottom of my soul and face the reasons for the erosion of my peace.

I know I can’t fix it myself. I have to invite the Master Builder to come and repair it for me. He is the Ultimate Restorer. And he’s never too busy to take my call.

Because of his extravagant love, he always makes good on his promises. “Every valley shall be filled in.” (Luke 3:5)

Now that my soul is strong and restored, and my potholes are a mere memory, I can start down the spiritual path again. With a strong and unified foundation, I am renewed.

I’m ready for the Lord to lead me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60 thoughts on “Pothole Season

    • Hi Denise! You are so right about that. Whether there are potholes or not, we go where he has planned for us to go.

      We know he will make the way level!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

  1. Excellent analogy, Ceil. We cover our potholes without seeking His foundation first. A sure fire way to fail. May we be filled with His strength and power that can’t be washed away by anything in this world or the next.

    • Hi Floyd! You are so right about seeking success in filling our needs without putting God first. Not going to work out well.

      Thank you for your prayer for a share in God’s strength and power. I join you in that!
      Blessings for a peaceful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Thank you for your generous comment. Oh my yes, craters happen all the time. I am so thankful that the Lord will help rebuild. Then I can get on with the business of his will.

      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

  2. Ceil,
    I love this post.
    Climate changed – my climate life change and it brought me through the hard season – I am restored and remade though. Stronger than before.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing thoughts as always.

    I just replied your email 🙂
    Blessing,
    Devlalina

    • Hi Delvalina! Thank you for your email, I’ll be sure to get over and read it.

      I am so glad that you have come through your recent storm. And you know you are stronger too, that is such a blessing! Our God is never outdone in generosity.

      Thank you for your lovely comments, and thank you for our continuing blog-friendship 🙂
      Ceil

  3. Well said, Ceil. We are plagued with potholes here in NE Pennsylvania also.Your analogy is very timely. And we both mentioned peace in our posts today! God is trying to get a message across–I’m trying hard to listen but the potholes keep distracting me! LOL!

    • Hi Pam! Thank you for your email!

      No kidding. Those potholes keep me on my toes! And they keep me hopping in the spiritual life too. Prayer will help me stay on top of them though. Peace is sometimes very difficult to hold on to…I appreciated your Scripture gift to help.

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Aren’t we so blessed to have a God so close to us? That’s what the Scripture says, and it is the truth. Never too busy or distracted to come to our aid.

      Thank you for your kind comment about the post too my friend.
      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Mari! Those things are everywhere! Especially in the north and northeast. Be sure to avoid them, your alignment will thank you 🙂

      Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

  4. Ceil,
    Great analogy and this is so true what you wrote:”I have to go deeper than just a patch job. I have to get to the bottom of my soul and face the reasons for the erosion of my peace.” I really wish it wasn’t true but I am thankful we have God to help us go deeper…blessings to you 🙂

    • Hi Dolly! I wish it wasn’t true either Dolly. But it’s also a great thing to know that it’s ‘fixable’ with the Master Builder. We are never alone, unless we choose that. As you said, we have God to help us go deeper!

      Happy Monday 🙂
      Ceil

  5. This made me think of Romans 12:2:
    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

    I hope you’re having a fantastic week!

    • Hi Lauren! All that construction would lead to a new mindset. So your Scripture is just perfect for this new building project. And on we’d go to his will 🙂

      I hope you have a great week too my friend,
      Ceil

  6. In our town even the potholes have their own potholes. They’re so large. The other day I was walking in the middle of the road to avoid the cars driving all over the place to avoid the potholes that I eventually fell into one. It was so deep it took me a week to get out. I lost a lot of weight trying to creep my way out and then falling in again.

    I rang the mayor telling him there’s a pothole down my street. He said he’ll look into it.

    Seriously though, I like your analogy with the ups and downs in our lives and how sometimes a complete overhaul is what’s needed.

    Thank you for your continued brilliant posts.

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! You have pothole cities! You better go over and see if you can find your mayor then. I think he might have fallen in 🙂

      Thank you Victor, for your kind comments. I appreciate your opinion very much.

      Have a blessed Monday,
      Ceil

  7. Ceil…as always, I can count on you to find the perfect parallel between the everyday world we live in to the spiritual realm of our soul. I love this comparison and I love the way you have been gifted with the ability to put it in words so profoundly. Have a blessed Monday!

    • Hi Debby! Oh, thank you my friend. I’m glad you liked the illustration of the pothole. There are a lot of them around here, so it was easy to see the parallel!

      Blessings on your Monday 🙂
      Ceil

  8. Having been in Cleveland, Ohio, for the past two weeks, I now understand better what havoc winter can take on the streets. Oh my, the potholes! ha. (And I thought ours were bad; not in comparison).

    I love your analogy that the Lord fixes us deeper than just a patch job. I’m so thankful for that! We can always get a fresh start down the spiritual path. Thanks, Ceil.

    • Hi Lisa! Sounds like you’ve been busy! The mid-west specializes in them I think….

      Thank you for your kind words about the post. And I’m happy you can use the image in the last post for your group too. It’s a very true one, that’s for sure.

      Happy Monday, and welcome back 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Monica! Thank you for your lovely words about the post, I am so blessed by them! And I am so happy that we know each other through our blogs too.

      I hope you are recovering from all your house guests! And thank you for you continuing blog-friendship 🙂

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  9. Love, love, love this analogy. Yes, I am a pothole mess at times. And yes, I try doing my own patchwork sometimes, only to find that the holes have turned into unnavigable bumps instead.

    Lord, sometimes I just need a re-paving. So, scrape down the bumps, fill in the holes, and place me on a smooth path again. I want to keep driving!!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Hi Sharon! I love your last paragraph. We should all be volunteering to be God’s next repaving project! In order to stay safe on the way, we need a deep repair.

      Then we’ll be on our way. Love that 🙂
      Peace my friend,
      Ceil

  10. I love this analogy…”I’ll see the holes and pull up the truck to fill them in. Not understanding that it’s the base layer that’s the issue, I start cramming each hole one by one. I try stuffing it with activities, busyness and distraction.” I am SO guilty of this, BUT I’m learning to run to my strong tower instead. Bless you!

    • Hi Nan! I know I’m bound to try the ‘quick and easy’ route first. It’s only after the craters that I’ll figure out I need some deep cleaning. I need to learn to run to the Master Builder at the first pit. That avoids the pitfalls!

      Nice to see you today! Have a good evening,
      Ceil

  11. Great analogy, Ceil – I am so glad that we have so great a Redeemer in Jesus Christ. I have had many “potholes”in my life and I love your post!

    Funny thing, our roads are so bad around here that my husband was pulled over the other week because he was all over the road! He had to explain to the cop that he was avoiding the monstrous potholes everywhere 🙂 (And they are huge!)

    • Hi Mary! Wow, this was a timely subject for you, wasn’t it? You must have some pretty bad roads to cause all that weaving. But it’s worth it to avoid them. Damage to the car frame is a real concern.

      Thank you for your kind words about the post. Nice to see you today 🙂
      Ceil

  12. What a wonderful analogy Ceil! It also goes with your posts about seasons a few months ago. There are seasons of more potholes than we would like. Fortunately the “head of civic planning” has an unlimited budget for these problematic potholes.

    Your posts always inspire and delight me.

    Thank you my friend. Wishing you a blessed week.
    xoxo

    • Hi Jennifer! I guess it does belong in a series with the seasons…good insight there my friend! It is wonderful that we have a Savior that resurface my weaknesses and make me ‘pothole proof’ again.

      Thank you for your lovely comments. You always lift me up!
      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

  13. He surely is the ultimate restorer! I only wish our nearby town had someone to restore their potholes…one was so deep that a large portion of your tire could have gotten stuck. Thankfully they did repair that one but there are many more waiting : )

    • Hi Mindy! Oh boy, sounds like that town is a lot like mine. This winter really played havoc with the streets.

      Thank you for coming by this evening! It’s always great to see you, my friend 🙂
      Ceil

  14. Good Morning, I had just finished reading this post last night and was about to comment and the power went out for 4hours! Weird, I say….
    I also went back into that post I did on featuring you and changed your address and updated it. I found a mistake in it EEEks.
    Pot holes there, POT heads here. I am so not okay with either of these.
    It really always goes back to it is all about HIM!
    Love You, Roxy

    • Hi Roxy! I’m so glad your power is back on! We had a powerful storm here this morning. Lots of rain and pea/marble sized hail. I know that much of the US is dealing with really bad weather.

      Let us all remember that’s “it is all about HIM!”
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Patty! Yes, those potholes are really bad around the midwest.

      I can understand why you love your deck so much. What beautiful views you have from it. Hope you have many opportunities to enjoy that space this week 🙂
      Hugs right back,
      Ceil

  15. There are potholes on my street that seem to never be fixed. I think the county has stopped evening trying.
    Sometimes there are old wounds that spring to life, calling me to respond in my old natural self, but God is greater. God’s love and grace allow me to grow beyond the pain. Only He can satisfy my soul and only He can fill in the pot holes.

    Wonderful post.

    • Hi TC! What a lovely thought…that these gaping holes remind you to return to your true self. I love that! I agree that these pits are definitely past problems rearing their ugly heads again.

      I am often in need of a deep healing. Praise the Lord that he is ready anytime to help.
      Blessings my friend!
      Ceil

  16. Oh YES, amen!!! Ceil, I am right there with you in having gone down to the base layer to allow the Master to heal it. I love your pothole analogy because it is so fitting and true. Grateful that we serve such a loving God who wants to heal us and make us whole again.

    • Hi Anne! I join you in your prayer of gratitude to the Lord for his healing presence.

      Glad you liked the analogy! I sure did relate to it, dodging the holes in the street. Hope they are filled soon too 🙂

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  17. I can relate to you Ceil.
    well, here it snowed again after some days of warm weather. So I have to put on my winter jacket again.
    Pretty like our lives too. We must protect ourselves from the coldness of people around us, if not, we too can be affected and get cold.
    Nice sharing Ceil:)

    • Hi Joy! I’m so glad you can! We had thunderstorms and hail yesterday. The weather is so crazy…but I guess it beats having snow again. Good thing you hadn’t put your jacket away 🙂

      Good point about being aware of adopting a bad attitude. We should be sharing our lights, not covering them up.

      Have a blessed Wednesday!
      Ceil

  18. Hi Ceil ~ Loved your post. Those potholes can sure get big sometimes can’t they? Every now and then I fall in one that almost swallows me up….one of those car eating ones I guess!! Thankfully I know the Master Builder too. Love your analogy with this one Ceil. You are such a great writer I always feel lifted after reading your posts.

    Have a blessed Sonday my friend…Chelle

    • Hi Chelle! How nice to see you today!
      You aren’t the only one who knows what the bottom of those potholes look like. It really is wonderful to know that Our Lord never wants us to be stuck in them. As soon as we call, he comes to lift us out and rebuild too. Aren’t we so blessed to know that?

      I am having a wonderful day today, thank you for your good wishes. I pray your day is a blessed one too,
      Ceil

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