Amos 1 & 2
This past summer, we had the opportunity to go visit family in Southern Ontario. One day, we drove into downtown Toronto to see a late afternoon Blue Jays game. We got there early so we were able to park quite close to the baseball stadium. I was pretty convinced that we were in a good spot to get out quickly after the game. Rush hour would be done. We were pretty close to a road that would get us back on the main highway. I thought we were set.
But I soon discovered how much of a rookie I am when it comes to downtown Toronto. The game ended around 7 PM. It took us about half an hour to get from our parking lot onto the road. So we decided we’d go deeper into downtown to get a little desert. We found the ice cream place and enjoyed some great ice cream.
It was now about 9 PM. I was sure that traffic would have cleared out. But when we got to the road, there was still heavy traffic. We’d see the traffic light in front of us turned green. But we would hardly move an inch.
What was going on? There was no accident ahead. All we saw were the red brake lights of people in front of us. We finally discovered what was happening. When a light 2 intersections ahead of us turned green, the people on our road went through the light. But from the side streets and alleys a whole bunch of other cars filled in the gap. So by the time our light turned green, these new cars obstructed any progress we could make to move across the intersection. There were 6 or 7 of these traffic lights before we could reach the highway. So our trip to downtown Toronto included a baseball game, some ice cream and lots of bonding time in the car because of the obstructions ahead of us.
Of course downtown Toronto is not the only place you experience obstructions in life. We face them at work, school or home. We can also face obstructions when we worship the Lord. I think many of us desire a connection with God through our worship.
But there are times when something obstructs our worship. Sometimes, that which obstructs is beyond our control. Other times, our own actions place a huge obstruction between us and God. Today we are going to discover a major contributor to obstruction of our worship.