Detour Ahead

Last week was a struggle. I’ve been floundering as I try to understand the way events are unfolding in a particular area of my life. Cue the self doubt and craziness.

As I sat in my women’s small group tonight, we learned about how God’s plan can shake things up to get us into position to fulfill His will for our lives. Things started clicking in my brain as we chatted about this week’s message.

The video in this study had an amazing quote that really got to me. The guidance was something along the lines of how life’s interruptions can actually be divine interventions.

Wow. So you mean those times when I think I’ve been derailed could actually be God repositioning me according to His plan?!

We spoke of detours and how they often are unsettling and create fear, but can actually turn out to be some of the most amazing trips we have ever taken.

I shared a story about a detour I had to take years ago as I drove to North Carolina. I love the mountains and the detour took me onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was one of my first trips to the area and I was actually intrigued by the ability to experience this famed roadway with its scenic views.

As I began the detour, I remember being blown away by the beauty around me. However, it was the first time I had ever felt carsick while I was driving. I was forced to pull off the road to settle my tummy and got out of the car to breathe.

The sun was just starting to set, and as I turned to get back into the car, I looked out at the Blue Ridge Mountains. That view literally took my breath away. The vibrant colors of the sunset illuminating the tree-topped mountains was incredibly beautiful.

When you look back at your life and those detours you’ve had to take, you realize that those detours led to great experiences and beautiful moments. Unplanned, perhaps, but amazing just the same. Maybe some of the best.

When we rely on God to work His will on our lives rather than focusing only on our own wants and plans, we position ourselves for Him to shower us with His blessings. When we cling to our will, however, we may be missing out on some incredible moments and indescribable beauty. After all, God created each one of us for a unique purpose.

Without that detour, that mountain sunset detour years ago would never have occurred and I would have missed one of my favorite views ever.

I pray for each of us to remember that His plans are more beautiful and amazing than we could ever imagine so that we can embrace life’s interruptions.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

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