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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Detours & Dirt Roads


Detours are a pain.

You're on your way to your destination and all of sudden road blocks are everywhere and signs are directing you onto a road you may never have even been on before or knew existed up to this point.  You may sigh as you look at your watch.  This was not part of the plan and not your preference, but here you are anyway and the only thing you can do now is trust the signs around you and keep moving forward. 

There is a flip side to this traveling inconvenience.  Many times my husband will say, "I had to take a detour down this road and I discovered that it's actually a short cut to where I needed to be."  If he wasn't detoured, the discovery never would have happened.  The detour was better than his original mapping out of the trip.

Some detours though can feel like they take you way out of your way.  You end up on some dirt road with cows and horses as your scenery and you say to yourself, "How the heck did I end up here!?  This detour better be right!!" 

Making the most of the journey is the key.  No, maybe this was not your original plan.  But, the One you are following probably has different GPS directions than you and He's asking you to trust Him.  There is most likely something He wants you to learn, see, experience or let go of.  And, He knows that taking you out of your element is the only way it's going to happen.

So we follow.  Detours, dirt roads and all.

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