I had to think about detours today because yesterday and the day before were big detours in my life. Our two oldest adult children don’t live near us. Our daughter and her family in Tucson. Our son and his wife are on the road. When things happen to them, I must in order to keep my peace, cry out to God. (Which is what I should do because I was never in control like I think anyway.) Our son and his wife and their four boys were in a bit of an accident on Sunday. Just as they made it to Texas.
It made me think of life and the detours. I mentioned earlier that in my Bible Study we are studying Exodus. We are at part where the Israelites are fleeing from Pharaoh and God hasn’t let them take the easy way, but the long way and before them is the Red Sea and Pharaoh is at their back with all of the chariots and all of the horses. ” The direct route would save time as well as wear and tear on the people, but God had something infinitely more important than economics in mind—He wanted the people to be able to sing the song of praise in chapter 15—“The Lord is my refuge and my defense…my deliverer. He is my God and I will glorify Him, He is my fathers God and I will exalt him” (Ex 15:2NEB)
They sang this song because they had first hand experience of God’s power and deliverance. They would have missed this glorious lesson if they had taken the short road. When we are puzzled by delays and detours, let us think about the great purpose of life:to glorify God. The lessons He wants to teach us “in the wilderness” are priceless means of providing us with a song we could not other wise have sung:”In Thy constant love thou has led the people!” (Ex15:13)
I took that from “A Lamp for My Feet, by Elisabeth Elliot.” When I can’t get my feet under me, I always turn to her books. So today my word for today is detour. Sometimes when I take a detour, I see things I might not have noticed or even imagined. Today on this 11th day of December, I will be watching for all of the pleasant detours that the Lord has in mind for me today. I wish you a wonderful day. With the idea that I will glorify the Lord.