Obstacle or Vantage Point

On one of my morning running routes, a big “do not enter” sign has been placed on a sidewalk to prevent foot traffic from venturing into a construction zone. The other day, as I passed the sign, I saw a cardinal fly toward it, land on its top edge, scan the area, and then dart purposefully in a new direction in its hunt for breakfast. The obstacle had become a vantage point. Isn’t that God’s specialty for His people? The Red Sea became the reference point of salvation. Goliath’s taunts turned into a confidence boost for the little army of Israel. The fiery furnace and the lion’s den made methods of execution into messages of evangelism. And then there’s Jesus, “who for the joy that was s


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