When hubby and I were on the 5th day of our trip relocating to Oregon, the map pointed to a shortcut that if we took it would shave off some time from our driving that day so we decided to take it. Soon after we turned on this road and began driving down what looked like a forest, something didn’t feel right.
It seemed like the shortcut was leading no where and sure enough after about 25 minutes of driving, it turned out to be a dead end. It was scary because it was raining that day and very overcast. There was no traffic coming or going down this road either. I began to have bad thoughts. This road looked so abandoned that anything could have happened to us and we might not ever have been found. Good thing we prayed that morning!
We quickly turned around and got back on the highway. So instead of shaving off a couple of hours, that little detour cost us more time and gas but again thank God He was with us and we made it safely to our new destination.
Sometimes in life, we go down a road that leads to a dead end. God understands that life is but a maze of different corners, twists and turns that don’t have a destination. We’re unable to see around the corners and oftentimes danger lurks.
There are times when we try to take shortcuts in our decision making to avoid what we dread, however these detours only lead to disappointment. It was better if we had stayed on the road we were traveling on and taken whatever time was needed to successfully reach the destination.
Not all shortcuts leads us astray, but I believe that God tries to teach us and build strength and character in us with the trials we face. It’s not fun, but at the end when we come out, we can see the hand of God guiding us along the way.
I recall many times thanking God I didn’t follow my own way. But, not all the time do we see the end result and in those cases we have to stand by on our faith in God that He knows exactly what He’s doing cause He always does.