Have you ever taken a wrong turn?
This past summer we were traveling back from a state park in Alabama, and I took the backroads. As I missed two or three turns, the little gray box on my dash patiently repeated the word–recalculating. That’s a great word!
I have quickly become spoiled by using the GPS to help me reach my destination. Missed a turn? No problem. It quickly calculates a new route. Need to make a detour? No problem. The GPS can take me just about anywhere I want to go.
If I could just have a GPS for the other areas of life. Well, actually I do. Recently, at one of my men’s small group meetings, someone made the comment that God doesn’t have a Plan B. A very profound thought. The route He takes us along may change, but the destination–Plan A–stays the same. You see, Plan A is greater than all my plans.
Sometimes these “recalculated” routes take us down some interesting and often scary paths. They take us out of our comfort zones. The long way around. Through some out-of-the-way places. And though we may not prefer these routes, our choices probably had something to do with it.
Our society often touts: Its not the destination, but the journey. Now, that sounds great on paper and in car commercials, but if you have kids, you’re probably also familiar with the phrase: Are we there yet? So life is about both the journey and the destination.
Through the journey, God is testing us, stretching us, and shaping us.
The destination is who He wants us to become. More like Him. Not necessarily a location, a career path or a certain socioeconomic status.
Perhaps this will be the cycle throughout eternity. Who says the journey has to end after this life?
So if you’ve gotten off the path or made a wrong turn in life, don’t be discouraged. Pick yourself back up and keep moving forward. Rejoice in God’s mercy and forgiveness, and rejoice in these encouraging words:
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He watches all his paths.
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.
What about you? Would you share some verses or advice on how you’ve navigated the paths of life?