Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blessing Of The Detour

I want to start off with two scriptures of wisdom that to apply to what I'm about to tell you.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.
Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 37:23,24 (NIV)
If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall,for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

We all have dreams and goals and see ourselves successful. Sometimes we have plans to get to a certain destination or career goal but then something happens. A lot of times disappointments, detours, and obstacles come along the way. It can be very discouraging when you have to take a detour for the simple fact that we all have a set time or age when we think we should arrive at our destination or be living our dreams.

Some detours can be avoided and some of them are a part of our learning process. A lot of times the detour itself has nothing to do with you but there is a lesson for you to learn in the journey. That lesson is trusting God in all things and saying yes to His will.

If everything always happened the way we wrote it out, why would we need God? If everything went our way, there would be no need to seek God and there would be no need to pray. It is in the obstacles, detours, heartaches, and disappointments that we get closer to our God. If truth be told, a lot of us seek him more when we're going through storms.

As we mature and our eyes are truly opened to God's love, we learn to praise and worship him through the good and the bad times. This is when we have a better understanding of "Not my will, but yours be done."

Will you say yes to His will or will you sit at the detour sign? And instead of going the alternate route the sign says to go, you sit in stubbornness at the construction site and wait for this road to get fixed just so you can have your way.
My friend, say yes to God's will.

I encourage you to look at the bright side of your journey. You'll gain more knowledge, wisdom, and patience. And the great thing about it is that "YOUR BLESSING AIN'T GOING NOWHERE!" It'll be right there when you arrive. God knows the best route to get you where you need to be. I guarantee that if you follow the signs which represent His word and direction, you'll get there much faster than if you go "your way."

God Bless,

Shei Atkins