Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Detours


Frustration seems to be the ongoing theme this week and I find that whenever I am faced with these, God undoubtedly will use them for a lesson for me and something for me to blog about that day providing I get home in enough time to share them with you and I don't forget.

Today's is about detours. Sometimes they do make us frustrated but I have noticed it's only when we are expecting to be somewhere and we have to be delayed or detoured and what we had planned has changed, temporarily.

There are traffic detours usually because of road construction and changes the city may have planned or accidents that will take longer than we would want, so we are provided with an opportunity to go around rather than wait it out.

Then there are the detours of our prayers or should I say delay responses. Its in choosing how we will handle them that determines our attitude in the coming moments. If you were like me, I used to get mad when faced with the construction or road issues and wonder why in today's technology can't they plan it better. Yet what was really going on was, you have inconvenienced me and I hadn't planned on it.

Now if you know me today, you will find I plan on always being early somewhere I am planning on going to avoid the extra stress I would normally be faced with if I am delayed or detoured. Now I see it as God's will in everything I do. Maybe it was God's will to detour me, and now I am seeing things I wouldn't have seen before had I not gone this way. Thank you God!

Or perhaps the delay I was facing was the result of the prayer of protection before heading out and had I been in a hurry, the accident I am detouring around may have been me. Thank you God for watching over me always.

We need to change our perspective when dealing with life when it doesn't go our way. We need to find something to be thankful for in it. The search may be challenging but there is always something there. Let's trying conquering our enemy today and thanking God for the detours he places in our path, either to slow us down, to get us to change our direction and return to His path, or to gently guide us in His loving care.

Ephesians 5:20 - "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."


22 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i have been in those detours my friend. i think i may be in one now!

praying that God continue to speak to you and use you for His kingdom purpose.

love the pictures of the family! y'all are so adorable!

sunshine said...

I totally agree Kat, from the easiest to the toughest situations God is there taking care of everything, unfortunately most of us want things to work out on our own schedule and when we want them to... But it's really his schedule we need to accept and embrace so things work out the correct way... God Bless!

Stacey said...

I wish I could figure out which road he wants me to take because, so far, every road has been a detour!

I know...I'm whining!

RCUBEs said...

Awesome message He gave you through this sister Kat! Everything does happen in His perfect time, not ours. God bless and have a great day! That pic looks like the so many constructions going around here near my house. I'll remember this post every time I have to take that detour. :)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

My life has been a constant detour lately. I'm glad that you put it into a perspective that speaks loudly to me. It's not that I'm dreading detours, I just need to brace myself more for when they come. Thanks!

Saleslady371 said...

This goes right along with our Sunday Sermons lately about transitions and how we feel when the rug is pulled beneath us!

LV said...

I went down a stress road this week trying to get my great grandson to the doctor. Two lanes of traffic at a dead stop on the way we were to go. For some reason, I was concerned about it, but made a decision and went for it. I finally was able to get off and the street I took had a train on the crossing. Seems I was destined to be stressed. After much talking to myself and taking a long way there, we made it on time. So I truly understand what you are saying.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Gotta love those detours in life. Sometimes just like the Cal-trans people God throws up a detour to keep us from running off a cliff.

~Ron

Warren Baldwin said...

Oh, I hate the detours, but when I follow your advice here, and keep my eyes open to what God is doing, it usually works out much better than I had originally planned. Good post.

in company with sparkles said...

It really did feel like we were high up in the peaks of the mountain! Thank you for your encouragement :)

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Denise said...

Praying, and loving you.

Niecy said...

Great message!!!
God has so many road and twists and turns for our lives.The most important thing is to rely on God and let him lead the way!!!
God Bless Ya Love,
Niecy

Together We Save said...

I feel like I am on a detour right now... thanks for reminding me to follow the right path.

Paula Micheal said...

Enjoyed catching up on your blog. Missed reading it over the summer like I had planned to stay up w/all my blogging friends.

Relyn said...

Ephesians 5:20 always reminds me of Corrie ten Boom's story about the fleas. Do you know it?

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Kat, so great to visit with you. Great post!! I know personally about the detours that are taken and found out later that if they weren't there things would have been devastating. God is always there,His timing is perfect. thank you for sharing these most inspiring thoughts.
Blessings,
Sue

Lou said...

This is so true and something I needed to read today Kat!

Lou

David C Brown said...

We need to learn in all of these details of life - God always has a way for us!

Sometime we're like Paul,"seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up."1 Cor 4: 8

Steph T. said...

Oh Kat...I have so struggled with Impatience...I don't like to be late...detoured...but I have a husband who is so relaxed and doesn't get in a tizzy about anything. God has used him to help mold me into not such a mess about this. I am still working thru it, but I have came so so far!! I need this reminder all the time. Thanks for your wisdom.
Blessings,
Steph

God's Girl said...

Thanks for sharing! God is so good even in the detours of life.
Have a blessed evening!

Gotta Have Faith said...

That is really too bad that we can't go see Tim Hawkins at a comedy place here in So-Cal! We will have to keep looking to see when he is coming out this way!