Growing up, I loved seeing a detour sign. That wonderful sign meant that we still would get to our destination but in a different way & I’d get to see different things. As I’ve gotten older, I hate seeing a detour sign – it means that it’s going to take me longer on an unfamiliar path. This is not unlike our walk in life and God’s plans for us. In the Psalms (32:8) it declares that God will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go, and He will counsel us with His eye upon us! As we get older, we become more driven by what is expected and known, that we sometimes don’t see the detour sign God has placed right in the middle of our path. We blow right past it thinking we know better and end up on the road unfinished and rocky, and sometimes even a dead end. For some of us, we don’t know what to do and stall, for others, we turn around & find our way back to the sign and learn to follow it. God declares in Jeremiah that,
“They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father… (31:9).”
We can hold to this promise for our lives, that whenever we find ourselves on a rocky road, God will lead us to a path where we will not stumble! What causes us to take the rocky road when faced with a detour sign in life, rather than follow God’s well laid out level path? In 1 Corinthians 1:25 Paul tells us,
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
And in Proverbs 1:33, Solomon tells us, “But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster,”
Or without dread of a detour sign! Have you encountered a detour sign in your life? Have you embraced it or turned away from it? Let it be your prayer, that when God places a detour sign in your life – you will gladly and confidently travel along the well laid out path that God has prepared for you, while He watches over you and counsels you.