Have you ever been driving in traffic on your normal route and the next thing you know you hear on the traffic report that there’s a tragic accident ahead that’s causing all vehicles to detour? I can recall this happening to me one morning. I normally leave home at 6:15am to bring my son to school in the city. Our normal routine is to leave home at 6:15am, we get to my mom’s at about 7:05am, stay there for 10 minutes then off to school in which he arrives at about 730am. This particular morning, there was a massive accident that closed all three lanes of the interstate which meant all cars had to detour. What’s normally a 45 minute drive to the city turned into a 2.5 hour ride to the city with me dropping my son off to school at 8:45am. WOW right?? That was one of the most frustrating mornings ever. I’d gone straight pass frustrated to angry. However, once I dropped my son off to school I had to choices, simmer in my anger and blow my entire day or to suck it up, purge my psyche and start my day from there. I chose the latter.
I certainly get it. Being forced to detour from our normal routines is frustrating to say the least but at times detours are necessary especially on the route to success and greatness. A detour to destiny is almost inevitable. Why? Because most of us get to success but not the way that we think. It’s almost always an alternate route which simply means we things don’t work out as we believe it’s not a requirement to quit, it’s a requirement to persist. The Bible has one of the most tangible stories of how one can get to destiny via a detour. Joseph, the beloved and favorite son of Jacob. Jacob made it known that Joseph was his favorite son which made his brothers jealous. One day he shared a dream with his brothers that he’d had where his brothers were bowing to him. I’m certain Joseph knew the dream meant that he’d be King one day however I’m sure he wasn’t counting on that trip to the Palace would be through a pit and a prison. Joseph certainly took the long route to get to his destiny. If you’re on an alternate route to greatness right now, DON’T QUIT, JUST PERSISTS!!
When we feel we are on a detour, this is when we seek God and ask “what lesson would you like me to learn and how will this get me to my destiny? The detour is not designed to make you quit, the detour will allow you to learn some valuable lessons and to also understand that God is in control not you. You have your plans and God has his and ultimately his plan wins!! He knew just how you’d reach your destiny and that’s via the detour. Your detours are simply God’s perfect plan to get you exactly where He wants you to be.