When I was a kid, I used to make funny faces. I would cross my eyes or lift one of my eyebrows like Steve Austin on the Six Million Dollar Man. My mother would use the standard parent line, “If you keep making that face, it’ll get stuck that way!”
She was right. It’s easy to get stuck and caught in ruts. We can get stuck in our faith, like when we get annoyed at Mass because some people overdo the Sign of Peace, or grow impatient if someone speaks after Mass, or obsess about how many verses are in a hymn, or fixate on how long Father Roger is preaching instead of the quality of the message.
It’s also easy to get stuck in other ways, like in our jobs, finances, relationships, and even our attitudes and opinions. Getting stuck can keep us from living more fulfilling, open, and joyous lives. Indeed, we sometimes can feel like we’re in one big traffic jam, and the green light allowing us to move ahead never seems to come.
But the Bible is filled with stories of characters who once felt stuck yet later were suddenly liberated in God’s timing and according to his plan. Here are a few examples:
If you’re feeling frustrated because you’re stuck, listen to this week’s message live in church on Sunday or online by visiting our website to learn what you can do to turn the divine light green in your life.
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
Father Roger Gustafson