Do you question the purpose of detours?
Most days when we jump into our car in the morning, we never think, ‘I might run into a detour today’. We plan our journey and the main goal is arriving at our destination. Whether we know the route by heart or we have to rely on our GPS or satnav. Roadblocks in life may seem like obstacles, but they are a means to navigate us onto a different route.
Unfortunately, detours will happen. A road is closed for essential roadworks or an accident has occurred and we have directions for a diverted route. Or perhaps we might have to take a U-turn. Either way, all of this is unexpected and usually puts us out of step. Leaving us to gather our thoughts. And mentally try to figure out the fastest route to our destination.
Being stalled is not much fun. From diversions caused by accidents to being slowed down. For key services to clear any wreck or damage that needs to be appropriately avoided. In our journey of life, detours can provide needed insight if we are to grow and improve our compentency towards progressive expertise on the path we are travelling along.
Whether you want to accept this or not, the purpose of detours is beneficial, to assist us even if we cannot understand this at the time.
Could a detour in your life be a good thing even though right now it feels so bad?
When God steps into our lives and interupts it with His divine purpose. His diversion is designed to lead us down a better way in order to reach our destination. In the process, we have an opportunity to evolve and expand as we advance in continual development. However, if we miss this, then we might not determine the usefulness of the detour.
Have you been that person who has sat at a detour sign and contemplated proceeding, even if the sign says – Road Closed Ahead?
There is no doubt you would end up nowhere. Or driving around in circles if you chose to be stubborn and ignore the sign. Most times diversions take a longer time than what we had planned. But, often not much longer than if we had tried to pursue the original way with a clearly diverted traffic sign.
It might feel like a hindrance to your plans. Or baffling if you are trying to figure why you find yourself in the middle of a detour. Especially if you think this should not be happening or was something you did not want to transpire. But, there is a reason and it can provide two key tools to assist you in your development.
When you view this in the short-term, you might consider all the delays a detour has caused you and fly into a state of frustration, agitation and impatience. But, with the bigger picture in mind, your perspective matters and will influence your mood and the impact a detour has on your overall maturity and advancement through trying circumstances.
Recently, I have faced a detour. I badly injured my ankle and am unable to do even the simpliest things I once took for granted. I have been confined to inability and discomfort. With medical advice saying it could take weeks, now limited, getting around on crutches is not as simple as I thought. And as I contemplate all the questions surrounding this situation. I could choose to complain. All my plans are now on hold. But instead, I am not allowing this temporary roadblock to stop me from doing what I can do. While seeking to understand God’s purpose and what He is trying to teach me at this junction.
If you are a planner like me, then you will have an itinerary for nearly every scenario in life. From to-do lists to schedules to apps that manage your time. We revel on efficiency and the need to move forward at a steady pace. One thing we never plan for is the chaos and changes that diversions in our life bring. And of course that detours happen on purpose. Yet, sometimes that is exactly the method God uses to guide us in His direction and route. Along many diversions in the course of our life.
There is a reason for what you are going through right now. God is preparing and developing you to position you in the perfect stance. Of His intentions and purposes for you. Because God has a plan for your life. You are not a mere existence. And at every step His longing for you is that you utilise the talents, treasures and time He has granted you to advance His aspirations in your life.
Most times self-development is a long process. From enhancing your talents, to gaining wisdom in managing your time, to increasing where your focal point is for any treasures. In line with the destiny God has outlined for your path. Steering you from ignorance to maturity.
How do you turn adversity into advantage?
More than anything God longs to grant you the desires of your heart. And the primary one is He longs for you to be all that you can and should be. But, like a loving Father, He knows we require lessons and space for development in reaching our destiny.
One key element is to understand why what you are experiencing is a detour. And that any roadblock is not the end. Rather a chance to open a new door away from impatience, regrets or doubts to pursue specific personal growth. By chasing a relationship with God that cultivates more of His character in you. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Allow each diversion to become a choice where you recognise that this is not a pointless cycle, but a prospect to know that if we commit our way to God. (Psalm 37:5) Then why do we doubt God instead of trusting all our actions (Proverbs 16:3) to Him when we find ourselves in the middle of a detour.
Take a moment to simply pause in the difficulty and confusion. It might be painful or awkward. It could be paralysing or uncomfortble. But here God offers an opportune moment for His divine guidance to direct you. On the path of purpose He has destined for you to follow. Ask God to use the diversion you are experiencing to positively impact your life. And open your eyes to areas He wants to deal with. Both from your past and now in the present.
I aim to seek God first so that I approach detours in a manner where I align my heart to His. Not to cause additional delays, but for my insight and patience to be stretched. As well as an increase in wisdom, to not repeat missteps made and implement any lessons learnt.
Share your thoughts…
How do you navigate the detours life presents you with? In what ways are you choosing to trust God with the roadblocks in your life path?
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