We all experience detours in life those unexpected twists and turns which disappoint and frustrate us because they have disrupted our personal moment in time. A few minutes, is life really that structured to where a few minutes makes that big of a difference? It has happened to all of us you find yourself coasting through your day, then suddenly out of nowhere you find yourself sidetracked by something unplanned. You have an unexpected problem to deal with it could be a sick child, a car that won’t start, a busted water pipe, or the situation could be a lot worse. Suddenly unemployment is now looming on the horizon, an automobile accident, or an unexpected death this list goes on and on.
Sadly enough life doesn’t play by the rules. Rather, it takes unexpected detours that much of the time we have little to no control over. You can find yourself cruising right along briskly breezing through life and then suddenly BAM! You look up and read “Road Closed Detour Ahead”. Throughout life, while it is true we have little control over when the detours may occur, we do have a choice as to what that detour will be. Detours are often like forks in the road you can only see so far down each path. Therefore, it is not so much the path you take as it is the posture you assume while taking the path you’ve chosen. A positive attitude knowing you will reach your required destination can make your detour quite the pleasurable experience. We read in Psalm 119:71 “it was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees”. If you can view this slight inconvenience as an awesome opportunity to see life from a different perspective, perhaps a new idea, a new place and the ability to share with new people. Imagine the endless possibilities that exist on these “detours” through life.
However, on the other hand, if you allow your disappointment of things not going as you planned to turn into anger and bitterness, then know it is at that moment when you lose focus of God and his sovereignty. I am not saying you should be happy about the failures that will momentarily interrupt your life or that being at the end of unfair treatment at the hands of another is cause for rejoicing. However in Genesis 50:20 we are reminded “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” We are a part of his wise plan to accomplish with our lives something better than even our best plans ever could. We are often reminded in Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.
Let us also be mindful that God is absolute, so He doesn’t preclude the fact that sin is sin and worthy of our self-regret and repentance. Even in the midst of the detours of life, we have an opportunity to grow, see and trust the sovereignty of the living God. Proverbs 19:21 says this “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. It is God who allows us to have a change of scenery in part because none of it is ever “unforeseen” to the God who loves us. It is His love for us that causes Him to use our change of direction to help us look outside of the familiar places, people and things we grow so accustomed too and He helps us to experience life through eyes of trust while He takes the opportunity to teach you more about yourself.
If you’re like me, you can recall a time when you wandered off the beaten path only to stumble upon a beautiful hidden treasure that you would never have discovered if it were not for that unfortunate detour. It is in those moments when you’re forced to experience a change of scenery outside of your comfort zone when you are forced to take an unplanned route. It is during those times of inconvenience that you are reminded of the magnificent wonders of life and how awesome God truly is. When you find yourself disappointed in life, remember you have a sovereign God, who is working out a plan that will not only glorify Him but one that will also be good for you in the long run.