Part of my role as pastor involves mentoring and counseling. With a fairly large church, you can imagine the number of calls I get. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to guide members through various situations in life. I can honestly say I enjoy this aspect of being a pastor immensely. Not too long ago, one of the men from the church came over to my home to meet with me. He had been going through a rough time.
As he sat in my family room, head hung low, he lifted his eyes to mine and said, “Pastor, I feel as if my detour has met another detour and they got married and had a baby.” In other words, he felt as he were running into detour after detour after detour and that the detours merely kept replicating and multiplying rather than taking him anywhere meaningful.
It is easy to feel that way when God is taking you to your destiny. God rarely ever moves you from where you are to where He wants you to be without taking you on a road trip first. He doesn’t go from A to B to C. He goes from A to Z to T to R to F to D, meandering you to your destiny. Before you can ever get to where God wants you to be, He has to do some twists and turns. This is because in life, as it is often on the road, detours exist because construction is taking place. When you are on a highway and there is a detour, it is usually because workers are trying to fix, build, correct or improve something.
Similarly, God will take us on a detour because He is constructing something in our lives as well. Granted, detours are anything but convenient. They take you out of the way. They are longer than you originally had planned to travel. But they are necessary. God is more interested in your development than your arrival. He cares more for your character than your comfort, your purity than your productivity.
But He WILL take you to your destiny if you will trust Him and let Him. What’s more, you’ll get there even faster when you cooperate with Him through humility, surrender and faith.