OBSTACLES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
One week ago we sat through the graduation ceremony of two special individuals from Lake Area Tech; our daughter Jessica and her special guy Clate.
It was a lengthy ceremony honoring 630 graduates.
Names were read, graduates received their diplomas, and time slowly elapsed.
One graduate stood out from the rest; I can still see him.
“Steve” had earned a welding degree with no additional honors;
pretty ordinary unless you saw him.
Steve didn’t glide across the stage like all the others did,
he labored across the stage.
With his walker guiding him, he took one difficult step at a time;
each step appeared to take a concerted effort, fortitude, and courage.
I admired him as did everybody else.
I’m guessing that the diploma meant more to Steve than to all the 650 individuals combined. 
Steve had achieved the notable despite apparent obstacles.
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While I have not had to endure the same obstacles that Steve has endured; I am able to see a piece of Steve in me. 
I think that sometimes I walk just like Steve but …. in different areas of my life.
I think we all do.
We are slow, awkward, and handicapped in hidden places.
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Obstacles aren’t something we run about looking for; 
they are placed before us, imposed upon us,
and regarded as necessary faith-building agents in our lives.
We don’t have to like them but we do have to learn to walk with them.
They are designed to make us needy; they are designed to draw us into dependence upon God.
I’m not crazy about the plan but I think it’s highly effective.
I’m not always sure about the plan but I know it's right and worth praising Him for.
God knows what He’s doing.
He never gives an obstacle without a walker.
The "walker" He provides you and me with is called the word of God and as long as we keep it in front of ourselves we can continue to take one step at a time.
Keep walking. Keep rehearsing. 
He'll meet you on the other side.
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And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9