Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can’t get there from here?”
Said to have originated in the US state of Maine, it’s used humorously when describing a distant location that can’t be accessed without extensive, complicated directions.
The place might be difficult to get to from your current location, and the route may be very hard to describe. People simply throw up their hands rather than try.
This phrase is now used more generally to describe a problem that can’t be solved:
You simply can’t get there from here.
…or can you?
There may be things in your life that you think are impossible to solve.
But with God in the driver’s seat, you’d be surprised at where you may end up.
Think of Joseph in the Old Testament. He started out well, but then was sold into slavery. Instead of getting better, his situation got worse when he was falsely accused and then imprisoned.
You’d think there would be no way he could end up as prime minister of the greatest nation of its day, Egypt. You simply can’t get there from where Joseph was.
But with God’s help, he did.
Then there’s Saul in the New Testament, known for his persecution of Christians. I certainly wouldn’t have bet on him becoming known as Paul, one of the greatest Christian evangelists of his day. I would have thought that there’s no way he could get there from here.
Turns out that he could.
Are you stuck, feeling like you can’t get to where you want to go? Maybe you’ve failed too often, or still struggle with addictions. Perhaps you’ve burned too many bridges, or have disappointed your family too often. Maybe you think your tainted past will always hold you back.
It seems like there’s no route to a happier life: to restoration, acceptance, and forgiveness. You think there’s no way you can get there from where you are now.
But God knows how to pick you up out of the mire and set your feet upon a rock. He can put you in a new place where you can access fresh roads of opportunity.
Turn to Him, and you may be amazed at where He takes you.
With God, you can get there from here!
© 2022 Lori J. Cartmell. All rights reserved.