WHEN MY HUSBAND and I moved to the United Kingdom in 2017, there were many things we had to adapt to. One big thing is, traffic laws are different. We now drive on the opposite side of the road. And one traffic phenomenon I was not accustomed to is a roundabout.
Some roundabouts are a single lane, and they’re pretty self-explanatory. Others are double or multiple lanes. The key to driving a multi-lane roundabout is knowing where to get off before entering, because your exit determines the lane you get in.
If you’ve ever been stuck on a roundabout, you know the feeling of taking steps but not going anywhere. In life, you can go in circles around the same issues and wonder where the exit is.
CAUGHT ‘IN BETWEEN’
David was one of the greatest kings in the Bible. There was a time, however, when he sat on the back row, and no one knew his name. No one knew what he could do, and no one cared—not even his family.
David had a promise from God. Samuel had anointed him to be king of Israel. But time and time again, he found himself in the in-between—in between the promise and its fulfillment. David knew what God had called him to do, but the in-between time challenged him so much that he was tempted to quit.
In your in-between, you might think, “Well, maybe this is my finish line. I thought it would look different, but maybe this is the end.” God wants me to remind you of Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT): “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Sometimes traffic rules call for a pause. The culture we live in honors hurry. We’re busy. We are Marthas, people who will get the job done. But God is saying, “Stop for a minute. I need you to listen.”
A roundabout is an opportunity. The cool thing about it is, if you’re going in the wrong direction, you can change your course. It’s easy to turn around. So if you’ve been moving and not making progress, know that you’re in the in-between. Stop and look around to find the good way.
“Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls”(Jer. 6:16 NLT).
GETTING OFF THE ROUNDABOUT
We can look in the Book of Psalms and see how David got off his roundabout.
PSALM 13:1–2 (NLT)
1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?
2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
David poured out his heart to God in this psalm. He exposed it all and then shifted to praise.
PSALM 13:5–6 (NLT)
5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
6 I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
Verse 5 in The Passion Translation says, “I will spin in a circle of joy when your salvation lifts me up.” When you’re caught on a roundabout, God can turn that spin of confusion into a spin of joy and show you where to exit.
Sometimes you can feel as though the circle you’ve been going around is your destination. But God is saying that it’s just your in-between. You won’t get off at the wrong exit. He will get you to your place
[Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Julia’s message at Kindle the Flame 2022. Julia and her husband, Rob, pastor GoChurch in Bradford, England.]
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