Not long ago, we were on a family road trip when we came upon an unexpected delay. The road closure did not appear on our google map and therefore, we sat for endless hours in our SUV. Naturally, this resulted in much complaining, whining and unsolicited comments like
How we handle unexpected bumps and detours in our personal journeys is a true test of character and maturity. This past week, my daughter did not make the high school volleyball team and my heart simply ached for her. No longer would she be a part of the team which she loves. However, her level of maturity completely stunned me and once again, my kids are the ones teaching me.
What if we all had this outlook on life when facing a disappointment. How different our lives would be. Often we look at roadblocks as the end of the road, rather than seeing it as a detour which God has provided. There could be many reasons for the redirection of our path…and here are just a few thoughts:
“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.” Jer 29:11
“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” Psalm 33:13-15
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Eph 1:4
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16