“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long,” Psalm 25:4-5, ESV.
Teenage drivers have a tough job. Not only are they learning to control a ton of heavy metal and motor, but they also have to navigate where they are going. Our oldest son was doing a good job of doing both the Wednesday afternoon we were heading to church. We came to the last light before the intersection for our church, and there was a police vehicle, lights on, and an officer standing outside the car flagging people to take a detour. We pulled up to take our turn, and asked if it were possible to get to the church. “No, the accident is right before you get there,” was her reply. We thanked her, and took the detour.
The problem with the detour was we were not sure where to go. It was a distraction from the route we had planned to take. We followed the cars in front of us, until I saw the name of a road that was familiar. We took it. It took us a little out-of-the-way, but at least it was familiar and we knew it would get us back to where we wanted to be. As we drove, we noticed the farmland, the openness, and the beauty that was afforded to those natural back roads. The traffic was not as bad as the main drive either. We found a moment of beauty because we had to navigate to go another way.
In our spiritual journeys, sometimes there are roadblocks. We have a designated route—a routine that helps us stay on track and keeps us focused. When circumstances upset our routine, we have to navigate around them. We need to go to God’s Word and find something familiar—something that helps us to get back where we want to be. Those detours help us to find openness, beauty—a breath of fresh air from the main drives of life. The detours remind us that God is still in control, and He knows we need a break from the heavy traffic of the mundane, so He detours us to a place of peace and quiet, and there we find a renewed vision of Who He is.
We did eventually get to the church; a power pole had landed across the road and needed to be replaced. It was a good reminder that every now and then, it is good to take a different route to enjoy the change of scenery and slow down so we can be reminded of God’s faithfulness—even in the navigation!
Thought-provoker: How do you handle roadblocks? Ask God to reveal the beauty you may be missing on your regular route of the routine.
Lord, thank You for roadblocks that require us to go a different way and discover the adventure, beauty and peace You have for us. Help us to see the opportunities, instead of the inconveniences! Amen.