We need to work with obstacles in our everyday life and yet we often think of obstacles as distractions from real life, but really they are part of our journey, part of our training. Whatever comes up can train us. There is a great ZEN proverb that speaks to this. It goes, “Obstacles do not block the path, they ARE the path”. So the next time you are met with obstacles, think of them in this way, as part of your growth, accepting them and working WiTH them. “This is the path”.
Every obstacle introduces a person to himself. No obstacle leaves you as it finds you, it changes you, for better, or for worse. It is the way you look at it that makes all the difference..it’s all perspective. Let each new obstacle take you to the next level.
A wonderful example of an obstacle in the Bible is the giant, Goliath. He intimidated the armies of Israel, including the brothers of the young shepherd boy, David. The brothers chose not to do anything , but David did. The brothers looked at the obstacle and figured it was too big to hit, but David looked at it and figured it was too big to miss. Every obstacle has a limited life span. Every problem has a soft spot.
Obstacles take average people out of the game, but great leaders rise above them and play FULL OUT!! Many people think that most of their obstacles are money-related, but the truly correct perspective is to know that a problem that can be solved with a checkbook is not really an obstacle; it’s an expense!!
One of my favorite quotes goes, “Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off the goal”. Keep your eyes on the goal, trust the process and remember that you are not alone in your struggle. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28).
In times of adversity, you do not have an obstacle, you have a CHOICE. In the midst of unbelievable circumstances, have faith, patience and BELIEVE!