Do you ever feel like the road just crumbled before you? A big detour sign squats over a gigantic sink hole which wasn’t there yesterday, and now you’ve got to change direction. But where do you go from here? That’s how I felt the last few weeks as God tweaked the direction I’m taking. But I discovered you can find your destiny in the potholes of life.
Let me explain:
My husband and I planned a relaxing vacation. Part of that plan included my taking a break from writing and publishing a weekly blog and Facebook Live program. When we got home, I plunged into preparing for our Easter family dinner. My writing got shoved on the back burner. I didn’t want to stir that pot. I felt a little burned out. Ideas weren’t flowing. The inspiration I had received for so many months just seemed to dry up. The more I dragged my feet, the more I felt stuck.
But then one of my daughters suggested something to me. “Mom, you should go on TikTok.”
I wish you could have seen the shock on my face when she spoke those words.
“I’m too old for TikTok. Nobody my age is on TikTok.”
“The perfect reason to get on there. You’d be a novelty.”
“But there’s nothing on TikTok I want to see.” I made a Mr. Yuck face as I envisioned a raunchy platform that sucks young people into its jaws.
She persisted. “You can definitely find God stuff on TikTok. Just scroll fast past what you don’t want to see. List your interests and they’ll begin sending you topics you like. Besides, you’ll reach more people because they don’t limit you to your circle of friends.”
She had a point. But I didn’t relish the thought of learning one more thing. If you grew up before the computer age, like I did, trying to learn new technology feels like a full body workout at the gym—only for your brain.
“Okay,” I agreed, “I’ll give it a try.”
So, I joined TikTok and learned how to find my tribe. About a week later I posted three videos. In one week, my TikTok videos reached more than five times as many people as my Facebook Live did in the same amount of time. People started following me too.
On Facebook, I monitor friend requests and don’t let just anybody in. On TikTok, anyone can follow you without your permission, but you can block them. Some questionable people began to follow me on TikTok, and I decided to run interference on them. As I tried to figure out how to do that, a voice in my head said, “Those are just the kind of people who need your message.” Only God would say something like that. I decided to quit Facebook Live and concentrate on TikTok.
But I had a question.
WHAT ABOUT MY BLOG?
What about my blog? I still wanted to serve my Facebook/blog audience, but I wondered if I should quit that, too. I was at a roadblock. As time ticked away, my self-imposed publishing deadline for my blog came and went. All my brain power had been sucked into the TikTok vortex.
I teach others about finding their destiny, embracing their destiny, and encouraging others to walk in the path God chose for them. But here I was, wallowing in confusion, facing a blank page, wondering if God would ever speak.
One evening I prayed, “God, please give me the blueprint you planned from my beginning. Show me the next step in what you designed for me.” The day after, I spent time worshiping and enjoying His Presence. Then I planted my backside in a chair, sat in front of my computer, and waited. As I read scriptures, the words He wanted me to share with others flooded my heart.
“I waited and waited and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, he bent down and listened to my cry.” Psalm 40:1 TPT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Maybe you’re stuck at a roadblock. The detour looks sketchy, and you don’t trust you can get on the right road. Take heart. God will help you make the right turn. Even if you make a few wrong turns, God will still get you where you need to go as long as you seek His advice.
Potholes are temporary. I wrote a blog about that last year: You Can Find Destiny in Your Detours.
Now I’m taking my own advice. God never redirects without purpose. You can find your destiny in the potholes of life.