Last month was pretty crazy. There were days when I had a really hard time seeing any good that could possibly come out of quitting a job I had begun only three months before. I mean, what had I been thinking when I said “yes” to working again?
I am the kind of person who wants to know the next turn well in advance. Ms. Google (on Google Maps) has become a personal friend of mine. She tells me what to expect next. She lets me know when I need to keep to the left to anticipate my upcoming left turn. She even informs me that my destination is on my right when I have been looking left and would have missed it completely. There have been a few times when I did question her directions. Every time that happens it’s either because there is a detour I am not aware of or she know’s a shortcut that is new to me or I entered the address incorrectly. In other words, it is usually my fault. Ms. Google is actually getting me to my destination to avoid trouble.
Yes, a detour is necessary.
You remember the Children of Isreal who took detours all through the desert for 40 years? Although their grumbling and complaining kept making their journey longer and longer, God kept waiting for them to get it right. They are the ones who made the journey longer than necessary yet He gave them the freedom to make those choices. He knew what they needed in order to be able to go into Canaan and take the land that was rightfully theirs. In fact, a whole generation had to die out and the next generation was the one who accomplished what God called them to accomplish.
He was willing to let them take as many detours as they needed to in order to complete His work in them for their future.
Saying “yes” to this job was God allowing me to choose my own way. I see it now as a detour to open my eyes to see I was already in God’s perfect plan. Experiencing life through my choices and decisions caused me to feel what it was like trying to get to my destination on my own. It was difficult, to say the least!
I know the Children of Israel felt like life was more difficult once they were following God but if they would have been able to spend just one day back in slavery they would have realized God was actually moving them into something even better than what they had before.
Those three months of working did that for me. I now see my current situation as one God is using to prepare me for what is ahead. This season of life can seem like an end but in God, there is never an end. There is always a plan for the future.
We are the ones that put a period at the end of a season. God puts a comma. And sometimes a detour is for our own good!