For several months I had a little rest retreat planned for the week of our areas spring break.
After church services I set out for the mountains. It was sunny and beautiful. As the hours of driving ticked by I got further and further away from our straight path of U.S. Highway 98. As the darkness of evening set in, the roads started to wind, twist and turn as I headed up into the mountains of north Georgia.
All of a sudden I came to a stop sign with an additional sign next to it saying “Detour.” No street lights and a detour sign ... great. My directionally challenged self was nervous. I took the detour road for about 10 minutes, which took me to even more twists, turns, and darkness. At a sharp right turn I saw the sign that gave me a sigh of relief, “Detour Ended.”
Over the course of my little spring break week, the news of the virus seemed to escalate quickly. By the time I traveled back into town, we were in full on quarantine mode — talk about a detour.
Detours are just redirections that take you back to your original destination. Yes, detours are unchartered to you, but to the ones who set the roads and the maps straight the path is known.
Many have experienced detours in this season. For you it may be a health goal, a rescheduled surgery, postponed trip, or even a pause on income that was going to get you to financial breakthrough.
For students it could be the loss of a mile marker like prom, a sports season or musical. For a college student it might be fear of the unknown once they graduate, the lack of closure on a season of life, or the sudden reality that there are more important things than sorority and fraternity life. For a child it could be the longing for playmates at school and the need for hands-on interaction with learning.
I do not know what detours you are facing in this season, but rest assured that the God of Heaven and Earth knows. He even knows the path and how to light it up along the way for every twist and turn. At the end of the day every path leads straight back to the original destination as stated in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Caroline Hare is assistant to the pastor for Ministry Coordination and the Next Generations pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at email@example.com.