You can find destiny in your detours. Taking the wrong road doesn’t have to end your dreams.
Years ago, I accompanied my daughter and her family to Nashville. She recorded an album of gospel songs while I watched my grandchildren. I enjoyed entertaining my grandkids and loved helping my daughter fulfill a dream. There was, however, the occasional bump in the road. One day we planned a trip to the Nashville Zoo. I couldn’t undersand why my GPS guided us down every back road and alley to get there. I felt like I was traveling through a maze to get to our destination. Frustration gripped me as I chauffeured my munchkins, ages eight, four, and one. Despite all the twists and turns, we arrived at the zoo. Watching their smiling faces and listening to them giggle with delight made it all worthwhile, It wasn’t until several car rides later I realized my GPS was set to take NO highways!
Changes in direction couldn’t stop us from reaching our destination, and unexpected detours can’t keep you from your destiny.
CHOOSING THE WRONG PATH
What if we make a wrong choice?
Most of us don’t get it right the first time.
My five children all graduated from college, but most of them didn’t wind up in careers in their field of study. One daughter with a business degree bounced from one startup company to another. At that time, or nation was staggering through a recession and many college grads had trouble finding positions. She finally chose a route she felt was recession-proof. Enrolling in beauty school, she found success as a hairdresser.
MAKING A WRONG TURN (AWAY FROM GOD)
Your past sins don’t have power to keep you from your destiny.
King David messed up royally. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then when she became pregnant, he gave orders for her husband to be put on the frontline of the battlefield so he would be killed. Then he married Bathsheba.
Premeditated murder would have landed us in the slammer, but David was king. However, Nathan the prophet confronted David with his sin. and David responded with heartfelt repentance. God didn’t take him off the throne, although he suffered the consequences of his actions. The son he conceived with Bathsheba before they were married died.
Because David was repentant, God gave him a second chance. Bathsheba conceived Solomon, who became David’s heir. David’s transgression couldn’t remove him from the royal bloodline through which Jesus, the Messiah, would be born. As a matter of fact, God said of David, “I have found David, son of Jesse, a man who always pursues my heart and will accomplish all that I have destined him to do.” Acts 13:22 TPT
SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE PUTS US ON THE WRONG ROAD
Sometimes people or circumstances make the choice for us. We had no control over what happened that put us on a rocky road. A debilitating illness, an accident, or another person abusively controlling our affairs can interfere with our plans.
Joseph understood this firsthand. He shared a dream with his family that predicted Joseph would rule over them This infuriated his brothers who threw him into a pit and sold him to passing merchants. Then his brothers lied to their father and told him wild animals killed Joseph. He endured slavery and imprisonment before God promoted him to his destiny as a prince in Egypt, who preserved the known world from famine. In the end, Joseph reconciled with his brothers and told them, “God sent me ahead of you to make sure that you would have descendants on the earth and to save your lives in an amazing way.” Genesis 45:7 GW
When his brothers feared that Joseph would exact revenge, he told them, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:20 NASB
Joseph walked through betrayal and heartache on the path to his destiny. However, he chose to hope in his dream, trust God, and forgive those who abused him. What looked like the wrong road turned out to be the right one. Until the Lord promoted him, he probably never realized how God planned to save the world from famine through him, and thus preserve the bloodline of the Messiah.
HOW TO FIND DESTINY IN YOUR DETOURS
How do we deal with a detour?
- Look at the situation from God’s viewpoint. We almost always focus from our standpoint. When we see things from where we “stand” on the earth, we get overwhelmed. Maybe we feel that God is mad at us or just not interested. When we meditate on His love for us, it changes our perspective. We know that somehow God will turn things for our good.
- Look at what we can learn from the current circumstances. Sometimes God plans detours. We may have done nothing wrong to cause our situation, but God has a valuable lesson for us to learn. Detours can be a place of tremendous growth.
In every detour, what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good.
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NASB
God provides for you in the dark places. You can find destiny in your detours.
Lord, thank you that you never give up on me. Give me eyes to see how much you value me as your treasure. When I am overwhelmed, let me feel your compassionate love. Give me faith to believe you will answer my cries, and lead me into your wondrous destiny.