There is an old joke that I hear every Spring here in the mountains of my home. A police officer sees a car swerving erratically on the road ahead. After pulling the car over he walks up to question the driver. The man looks out his car window and says: “I know what you are thinking officer, but I am not drunk. I was just trying to miss all of those potholes.”
That joke rang true to me today as I found myself
swerving my own car whenever I could to miss the huge holes in the
pavement caused by another rough Winter here. Sometimes, though, I
couldn’t swerve because of the traffic. When that happened I would hit
the brakes but still ended up with a bone jarring thud every time my car
hit the pothole.
The potholes we get on the road of life are
often much worse than the potholes we find on the roads we drive. A
pothole on the highway may cost you a flat tire or a piece of your car’s
tailpipe. A pothole in your life might jar you to the very center of
your soul. I have hit more than my share of these over the years
too. Poverty, pain, unemployment, sickness, my sons’ Autism, and the
deaths of my Mom, Nana, and Dad are just a few of the potholes I have
hit hard in my journey through life. Yet, as much as it hurt going
through them I somehow found myself growing stronger, kinder, more
loving, and closer to God after each one.
None of us can completely
avoid the potholes in this life. But with the help of God and each
other we can all patch them as we go and make the way smoother for those
who follow. Don’t let the potholes wreck your life then. Become a
pothole patcher instead. Fill the holes in your life with the love
in your heart. Patch each one with prayer, faith, goodness, and God.
Help others to fill theirs as well. And always remember that God
didn’t promise any of us an easy road through this life, but He did
promise that one day He would lead us Home!
"These things I
have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you
will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the
world." (John 16:33)
has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful;
he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you
are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
(1 Cor 10:13)
By: Joseph J. Mazzella