Do you have a 5 year plan? How about a 10 year plan? How do plans work when the one orchestrating them doesn’t tell you how they are going to work. If I had to sum up the last ten years of my life, I would probably tell you something like, “I had no idea I would go to Taiwan, learn Chinese, get married, become a missionary, and meet so many awesome people in the process.”
In a detour, you have to trust the signs.
It was God. A few weeks ago when we were preparing to share our mission vision with church, Jessica had an idea of calling the presentation “Detours of our lives.” The name stuck. The more I think on this idea, the more I feel this sums up our lives pretty well. In a detour, you have to trust the signs. If God is directing your life then he is the one who is leading you. He knows what alternate routes you need to take to ultimately get where he wants you.
I think the longer we follow God’s direction, the more we trust him. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still think, “This road is hardly paved, and you want me to turn onto it?” The detour might take us into crazy places, but the journey will be that much better. We can’t see the end, only God knows that.