Where you would live, what you would do, who you would be.
The moment you stepped off the podium of your college graduation you were ready to face the real world.
To accomplish your dreams.
To travel the world.
To start a family.
To go above and beyond everything you had hoped for.
But you set out for your dream job and ended up on the bottom of the ladder pushing papers wondering what on earth you got your degree for.
You expected to find your true love but every day you come home to an empty house wondering if you will always be alone.
Or you married your soul mate and now it’s ten year later and after treatments, and trying, and listening to the advice of everyone around you your hope starts to disappear and you wonder if you will ever have more than just each other but a baby to hold.
Or a tragedy came into your life and now you have no energy and no time to think about what you want to do, all you focus on is how you’ll make it through to tomorrow.
Life is both beautiful and tragic at times.
We live by our dreams, by our planners, and by our prayers but often times the reality we live in is far from what we wish it would be.
Those plans we had when we were sixteen had long fallen apart by the time you were twenty and you are constantly re-writing the script of your life in your mind and planning for Plan B.
It seems like every time you set foot in the direction you want to go God places a huge “detour” sign right in front of your face and on another route you have no choice but to go.
A route that is windy and dark and confusing at times.
And you wonder how and why in the world you got there and when you would finally make it out.
Detours are no fun, but like anything in life there is a reason we must take them.
We want everything to happen now.
To become the leader, the employee, the expert in our field that we always wanted to be.
To start off a ministry, a career, or a family the minute that we can.
To finally fulfill all of those desires, ambitions, and dreams.
And at the moment we want it most God will quietly take us aside, make us sit at His feet, and say “not here, not yet, not now”.
Just like He did with Abraham, and Joseph, and Moses.
Abraham wanted to hold that baby boy in his arms that would be the first of many generations but God said “not yet son, one day you will be the father of many nations, but today is still not the right time.”
Joseph wanted to be the leader he dreamed about since he was a young boy and God said “not yet son, one day you will be second in command to the most powerful man in the nation, but that time is still yet to come.”
Moses wanted to help the Israelites when he saw them suffering as a young man but God said “not yet son, one day you’ll help free all of them, but that time is not now.”
One after another he put their dreams and plans on hold.
Joseph’s holding place was in a prison cell, Moses’s was in a desert, and Abraham’s was in a country that wasn’t his own.
And He does the same with us.
He puts up the detour sign and takes us on another road.
One we never planned on taking.
One that we never prepared for.
And it is usually during the detours in our life that we lose hope.
Hope for the future we were so excited for.
Hope for fulfilling those dreams we’ve been waiting all of our life for.
Hope for an ending where we don’t end up alone.
And we start forgetting that detours don’t mean we won’t always get where we want to go, sometimes they just mean we’ll get there at a different time by taking a different road.
I love what Holley Gerth says about it,
“A delay doesn’t mean you’ve taken a detour. It doesn’t mean a closed door. It simply can mean that our ways are not like God’s”
Delays are not there to crush our dreams but to allow us to grow more before we have what it takes to fulfill them.
They are not there to discourage us from our hopes but to make us depend on God and develop our faith in times of unknown.
Abraham, Joseph, and Moses came out stronger, humbler, and with more faith because of their detours.
They were tested and tried and fine tuned by God on His potter’s wheel before He set them back on that road to fulfill their dream and He does exactly the same for you too.
Today if you are facing a closed door, a detour, or a roadblock don’t be discouraged.
It’s only there to protect you from taking a road you are not yet prepared to travel.
Keep walking faithfully with Christ and remember that just because you believe you are ready for a change, for a relationship, or for a new opportunity or season doesn’t mean that God thinks so too.
He knows best when it’s time for you to end a chapter in your life and when it’s time to stay in the one you are in.
If something you are praying or hoping for isn’t happening yet trust that when the right time comes it will, just like it did for Abraham, for Moses, and for Joseph.
Keep trusting God during all seasons in your life, including the ones with the detours. If you need more encouragement check out one of my friend’s posts on detours here. Be blessed –Anna…♥
“Don’t mistake God’s patience for His absence. His timing is perfect, and His presence is constant. He’s always with you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6