On a sunny Sunday I drove my normal routine to church. My routine consists of a slew of back roads (aka the cut). I have driven this way over fifty times, so of course, I did not have my GPS on. About 25 minutes into my drive, I came across a road closure. Of all my years taking this route, there has never been a road closure with a big, fat detour sign. Personally, I hate detours and I have a problem trusting them, but I took it because I had no other option.
Two to three miles down the road, I started to get anxious. I grabbed my phone to use the GPS for reassurance, but of course, my GPS could not locate where I was (s/o to Waze). Scared that I missed the second detour sign, I pulled over to the side of the road and waited until my GPS could recognize my location before continuing. At this point, I am getting frustrated because my GPS was still not working, meaning I would be late to church. In my head something tells me to just keep going. So you know what I did? I waited a little longer for my GPS to start working and then finally went on my way. A few more miles down the road, I hit another detour sign, instructing me to turn left. A few minutes later, I found myself back on the normal route. I arrived to church (20 minutes late), and as soon I pulled into my parking spot, this thought came to mind: "trust the detour"
Oftentimes in life we have a set path in which we expect our lives to go. In our minds, we have a specific course of action that relies on the routines before us; first, I'm going to college; then, medical school; finally, become a well-known doctor. Or even first, little league football; then high school football; then, college football; finally, the NFL. We are so fixated on our routines that it becomes the only route in our mind for us to take. But I have found that it is important to trust the detours in life and to always move forward while traveling them. Check out the bullet points below for more insight on how to navigate through the detours of life:
1. Don't Get Stuck: As soon as I saw the detour sign, I got a little anxious. When my phone stopped working I got frustrated and pulled over, rather than staying on the course of the detour. I prolonged my arrival by stopping to regain control of the situation, which I wasn't in control of in the first place. How many times in life has our disobedience to God's direction and the urge to always have control land us in a situation longer than necessary. Sometimes, it is as simple as moving forward, and knowing that "you're in good hands." (s/o to Allstate)
2. Trust the Detour: Now, there obviously had to have been a reason for the detour. Construction was being done which made it difficult for others to travel the road. God's ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He knows that there are certain paths in our lives that may be quicker but are dangerous to take. So He instead sends us on a few detours. While we may see a prolonged dream ahead of us, this is God's way of protecting us and building character. There is something for us to learn in the detours of life and that is trusting in Him.
3. Tell Everyone - As soon as I got to church, I was ready to tell the first person I saw what happened to me and what I learned from it. In life, there is someone going through the same detour that you have came out of. It is now your job to be the light and help them navigate through it.
In life, there will be detours. We must know that it is not our job to understand the what or the why, but to know that "He Is Greater," and to trust Him and, the detour He has given us. Let us be obedient in the detour.