It is hard to believe that it has been almost one year since I have written a blog post. It only seems like last month but time does slip away from us because frankly, life happens. Because it has been a year since I have written anything online, I felt it was fitting to write on detours. I have experienced many detours during this past year.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Life can have many detours. Not all detours are created by God but they can be used greatly by Him. He can turn every detour into something good for those who love Him. Abundant blessings can be found in life’s detours. It is not important as to who creates the detour in our life, but what we do with it. No matter what we call detours (side roads or side paths), they are diversions from our original path, redirecting and rerouting us. Detours can be many things. They can lead to heartache, difficult circumstances, spiritual deserts, rest, happiness, joy, beauty and unexpected blessings. We can allow them to destroy us or refocus our mind set and give us what we need to continue the path God created for us.
“My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
We set out in life with our pre-planned road map but life never turns out the way we planned. It is filled with many detours in which God uses to work together for the good in our lives. As Isaiah says, God’s thoughts are different from ours and God’s ways are beyond anything we could have ever imagined for our lives.
When life throws you a detour, look for what God is trying to show you during this time. His blessings are helping us to become the individual He wants us to be.
May God bless you this week!
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It would be nice to travel a road high on top of a mountain continuously experiencing God’s presence. We may experience that mountain road at times but our road will also take us through the valley and the desert where no mountain can be seen. The desert is dry, sandy and dusty with no moisture to be found. We dig and dig a little deeper only to find more sand. Are we looking and digging in the right place? We do not sense God’s presence. We may even be praying and reading our Bible during these times but still feel spiritually dry. God is always with us but at times unnoticed. If you are like me, I prefer to have the wind at my back with smooth sailing ahead where everything is going great. Where relationships couldn’t be any better, opportunities in life are endless, work is very satisfying and life is perfect. No boredom or dryness to be found. But let’s face it, life can be drab, boring, routine, or make us feel like we are barely hanging on. We may even feel like everyone else is on that mountain road when we are on the desert road alone. In the desert it can get really dark and cold. We may find no hope, no excitement, stress, a lonely road with nothing in sight and it may be lifeless and dull. No place to stop and rest. The wilderness is lonely and we feel unprepared to be in this place. No sign posts or GPS for directions. Nothing looks familiar, just a vast desert that came upon us gradually because we were cruising through life and we had fallen asleep at the wheel and ended up here.
I was recently talking with a friend about being spiritually dry only to find there are many people who are feeling the same way. I have traveled this road many times in my life. One day being on the mountain road and experiencing God’s presence cruising through life with the wind at my back. I know I do not suddenly appear in the vast desert but come here gradually over a few months. I realize I am never ready for any desert journey but I always find that I must go to God and find out what I am to learn while I travel this road. The one thing I love about being in the desert is coming upon an oasis. Finding that place where I can stop and find nourishment to quench my thirsty soul. It gives me strength to continue the journey in the desert until I can find that mountain road again.
Spiritual dryness is nothing new. Every since God formed life, there has been times when people experienced dryness spiritually. It takes walking through the desert to transform our lives, to deepen and expand our faith. To strengthen our spiritual walk, it is best done in the quiet, deep and darkest places found, far from any noise and distraction of our daily lives. We will be able to find the mountain road once we have done some work to our soul. This can be the most important time in our spiritual journey with God. In order for God to bring us closer, he needs to strip us of ourselves. He may take away the good things to bring the best in our lives. He strips away our worldly and selfish desires setting us free. He wants to draw us to him alone. He may have to refocus us on something great he wants us to do with our lives. He is the only one that can sustain our spiritual life during this time. We have tried everything we could but only he can take us where we need to be.
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. Isaiah 50:10
Desiring and seeking God can draw us closer to him. There can be unseen beauty in the desert. May God bless you while you travel this desert road and quench your thirsty soul.
“He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.”
“But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:29, 31
Even the strongest people get tired, but God’s power and strength never diminish. He is never too tired or too busy to help and listen. His strength is our source of strength. When we feel all of life crushing us and we cannot go another step, remember that we can call upon Him to renew our strength. He strengthens us to rise above life’s difficulties. But we must trust that He will fulfill His promises to us.
We search to the ends of the earth for a love that never fails, never sees our mistakes, never changes and lasts forever. Sometimes we experience or get a glimpse of this love here on earth but not everyone will experience this type of earthly love; although everyone can experience heavenly love.
Nestled in the middle of verse 7 of Matthew 7, we find the words, “keep on looking and you will find.” This verse is about being persistent in pursing God. We should seek Him with all of our heart, mind, body and soul. Never give up. To know God takes faith, focus and follow through. Once finding Him, never walk away. When we know God, we experience this love. We know His love for us never fails, it is abundant, never sees our mistakes, never changes and lasts forever.
When we search for love we are actually searching for God. Some may balk at that idea but it is true. The missing element in our lives is His love and His presence. God is love and love is God. It is every part of His being and the reason we were created in the first place. His love for us is never-ending and never fails.
God is LOVE
He made us because of LOVE
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
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