Any time in life when we feel like we are in the way it is usually a bad thing; no one wants to be in the way or to be told to get out of the way. You can probably think of a time when you were told to get out of the way, or when you felt like you were being a pest for being in the way.
But being in the way is not always a bad thing.
In Genesis 24 the very elderly Abraham commissioned one of his workers to go to Abraham’s home country and find a wife for his son Isaac. So the worker decided that when he saw a young woman he would ask her for a drink, and if she volunteered to draw water for his flock, then he would know that he found the right girl.
The first girl he sees is Rebekah, and sure enough, when he asks her for a drink, she offers to give water to all of his animals. In verse 27 this servant thanks God for what has happened and said, “Blessed be the Lord…the Lord has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brethren.”
It is always good to be in the way if we are allowing the Lord to lead us, and if we are obediently following Him.
After all, Jesus said of Himself, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
So ask yourself today, am I in the way going God’s way, or am I saying “no way” and going some other way?
You might not have heard this much growing up, but get in the way!