It is messy.
It is adventurous.
It is unpredictable
Highs. Lows. In betweens.
Sometimes it’s sunny, other times it pours.
Plans don’t always fall through
And you can always expect the unexpected.
It is in our very nature to plan out our lives, to map out what our future will look like and exactly what will happen along the journey. We have a specific vision from the time we are little kids. We play games like “house” and “teacher” and dream up what our future would hold. As time progresses we realize that things don’t always turn out the way we planned, people don’t always turn out to be who we thought they were and life surprises us.
The road we once envisioned as smooth and straight ahead suddenly turns into a bumpy curved ride.
Detours can be situations, circumstances, and/or events that pop up in life and change the direction in which we thought we were going. These are the deviations in our roads. Detours look differently for every one and every season. This may be an unexpected job offer in another country or a serious illness.
The thing about Detours is that no matter how good or bad the news may be, someway somehow they always require CHANGE. Detours mean that we have to adjust to new circumstances, new seasons. The problem is that we aren’t always very good at doing that.
Change hurts. Change frightens. Change is uncomfortable.
The only way to truly Embrace the Detours in our lives is to simply TRUST. Our hearts were made to connect to THE ONE who never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So the best way to embrace the discomfort of change is to embrace HE who never changes, HE who knows the plans and future He has for our lives and HE who turns EVERYTHING around for our good.
Trusting God through your detours makes it easier to embrace them. It gives us the authority to stand up against our fear, feelings of discomfort and/or hurt and speak directly to whatever mountain we’re facing, It reminds us that God is good regardless of our present circumstances or feelings and it stretches us; allowing us to learn, to grow and to reach our full potential.
Embrace the Detours because you deserve to climb that mountain. Embrace the Detours because you will come out better, stronger, bolder and brighter. Embrace the Detours because God is walking you through.
- Detours, they were meant to be embraced by you- Whatever unexpected circumstance whether good or bad: embrace it, learn from it, look for all the ways in which you can get to know yourself and God more through it.
- Don’t compare your road to others- In other words don’t compare your process. No matter how “similar” a certain situation may look, you never truly know all the details of other people’s lives. At the end of the day you are YOU and your process isn’t to be compared to any one else’s.
- You’re allowed to be HUMAN- it’s okay to get frustrated, cry, be emotional, or angry. God isn’t afraid of your mess or your tears or your emotions. The BEST thing is that you can be REAL with Him and He’ll hold you (& work with you) through it, if you let Him.
Someday you’ll look back on the detours in your life and be extremely glad that they happened. Keep pushing, fighting, holding on and pressing in. I promise you, it will be worth it.