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


  1. "If the Lord delights in a man's way it will direct his steps" sometimes we have to use our dissapointment on our favors - great post

  2. Thanks Shei!! This was so relevant to my current situation. I needed to read this. Continued Blessings to you and the fam! Love ya!

    Tami LaTrell

  3. this is awesome...thank you so much for letting God continue to use you...God has a blessing for his people:)

    btw i have followed you since "life in stereo"...please keep doing your thang...h-town acres homes!...i remember the advice that you gave me over myspace and i want to let you know that i appreciate you and what you are doing for are very necessary xoxo

  4. This is definitely wisdom at its finest being displayed in the post there are so many times how i had to take myself back to God and realize that it is His will being done and in His time not mine!!!! Thank you. Be Blessed

  5. I feel as though this was written just for me~ Thank you for sharing God's gift to you with others....B Blessed

    PS...I luv the statment "YOUR BLESSING AIN'T GOING NO WHERE"! (Such reassurance)

  6. Twitter Fam! @BUrberry_meFebruary 21, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Wow Shei, I'm really touched! Thank you...

  7. I totally needed this tonight! Thank you!

  8. Everything the Lord has said through you in Blessing Of The Detour is exactly what He's been saying to me. I appreciate you very much and your two songs in particular 'Free and Romans 10:9' has been a daily reminder of Him setting me free. Thank you for touching my life.

  9. I just love this blog. So so true.

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