Traveling: Disturbing Detours


Detour! Are you kidding me? I was already late.

Detours—on the road or in life—don’t shorten because we’re inconvenienced. Frustratingly, life is filled with them. As good as our planned path may be, the new home is deferred, the degree takes too long, the pregnancy is delayed, an opportunity eludes us, financial relief is too far off, or the medical procedure is too lengthy.

Life doesn’t come with GPS. The abrupt appearance of detours, usually unexpected and often irksome, is never welcome. But wouldn’t we be better served if we accepted them as part of life? Think about it, detours are not there to harass us but to keep us from danger and get us safely to our destination.

They take us down roads we would not commonly travel—through unacquainted neighborhoods, along undiscovered back-roads, past unfamiliar scenery. When eyes are open and hearts are pliable, detours can lead to discoveries we would otherwise miss, on the road and in life.

We travel two roads—one leads through the hills and valleys of this temporal world, the other is a sure path to a new and eternal earth, one without detours. Jesus said, “You know the way to the place where I am going…I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:4,6).

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

…with no detours

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maude Carolan Pych
    Oct 31, 2018 @ 20:08:23

    Your post is a word I needed to hear, Barbara. Bob & I have had a host of unexpected medical detours over the past few months. We need pliable hearts and a greater openness to possibilities on the road ahead. Thanks for your encouraging word.



    • Barbara
      Nov 01, 2018 @ 10:48:40

      A few days after I wrote the first draft of this post we hit a major detour. Although it was a big challenge, I was thankful I had been thinking about life’s detours. If I knew how to create a “Tweet that” I would have inserted it for “Life doesn’t come with GPS.” Thankfully, God is never thrown off course.



  2. Carol L. Brix
    Nov 01, 2018 @ 10:51:41

    Thank you, Barbara. This is so true. When 2018 started, I prayed for a smooth year , one without hospitals involved and one with only healthy people in our house. We started out with my Dad in rehab, I had heart problems which led me to having an ablation, and my husband had back surgery in Sept. Such are the hills and valleys of life. Detours, detours, detours….and we rest in Jesus’ Arms. God Bless.



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