I was running late for church one Sunday afternoon so I decided to take a cab. In my very broken Korean I asked the driver to take me to Onnuri Gyohway (church), hoping he understood and that I wouldn’t end up in another city. After about 10 minutes, to my relief, I saw my church in the distance. Only… the driver wasn’t stopping, he was driving right past it! I started panicking inside; with each passing second, he was driving farther and farther away from my destination! I wanted to yell out, ‘Stop! My church is right there! Turn around! Where are you going?’ But I had no idea how to say any of that in Korean, so I was forced to remain silent and hope that he knew what he was doing.
Thankfully, he did. It turns out, the driver (who knew the city much better than I did), understood that in order to get to my church, he had to drive past it by several blocks and then backtrack as there were a number of one way streets he needed to maneuver through to reach my church. It all made sense now.
Have you ever felt this way with God? I know I sure have. I’ve seen a dream, a goal, a destination right in front of me, but God seems to be taking me in the exact opposite direction. Perhaps you too, have cried out in exasperation, ‘No, God, this isn’t right! What I want is back there, you’re taking me the wrong way!’
The truth is, God will never lead us in the wrong direction. God knows the exact course of our lives for He is the one who has carefully planned out our days. “Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” Psalm 139:16. God often uses what we perceive to be detours to teach us valuable lessons that we would not have learned otherwise. Lessons about patience, trust, obedience, dependence and faith.
It has been said that God’s answer to our prayers is always one of three things: Yes, Not yet, or I have something much better for you. When we are being led in a direction that we didn’t expect, we must remember that God sees the beginning and the end. He has promised to always walk beside us and lead us along the right path for His Name’s sake (Psalm 23:3). One day, we will be able to look back on the most confusing and challenging experiences and realize, ‘It all makes sense now’. God is Good. He is worthy of our Trust. He is Sovereign, even in the detours.
This is very well written & expressed also most relevant to myself.
For the past weeks we have been trying to acquire a sprayer & the correct Natural spray product for our Ashram Orchard. There were so many road blocks, some where I least expected.
It looks like it has all come together, but by a very different route !
Hey dad 🙂 Thanks for commenting! That’s too bad that you were faced with so many road blocks, but I’m very glad that everything worked out with the orchard sprayer! Love, Nat
Hey Tash, Thanks for this wonderful post. I can totally understand the feeling of wondering what direction God is taking me, but then realizing I need to trust Him because HE knows where we’re going, and it’s going to be great! XOX
Thanks, Holly-Bear! You’re so right… it’s going to be GREAT! ❤
Hey Natasha, Miss you. Wow you said this beautifully 🙂 You know, I’ve been seeing and learning this truth in my life, and what I am learning is it’s our response that makes the difference….what I mean is if we view those detours as an “interruption” we won’t participate in God’s plan and hence miss out on all that He has for us! But if we partner with Him and view those detours as divine interventions, then I believe God will cause something significant to happen that will influence a lot of people….it is soo much bigger than us!!
Hey girl! Thanks for the comment~ you are so right. It’s all about our perspective, our attitude and whether or not we really Trust God’s Sovereignty! His plans are always greater than ours! Love you! ❤