Dead ends and detours

by Paula Harrington

I recently drove to South Florida and decided to drive down beautiful A1A instead of taking the Interstate.  As we made our way to the east coast from Orlando, we trusted the GPS to get us to the highway.

The longer we drove, the more desolate the landscape became. Where we had been seeing beautiful palm trees and homes we now were passing rows of fencing and fields of bushes.

The GPS showed that we were on the correct route to A1A. However, we began to have our doubts.

Finally, we came to a gate. A man in military garb stood in front with a look that made me a bit nervous. After I informed him of our travel plans, he kindly explained that we were on restricted NASA property.

Our route had come to a dead end and a major detour.

There are times in our lives when we think we may be on the right path, nevertheless that road can turn out to be a dead end. It can be surprising, frustrating or absolutely life-shattering.

God has allowed us to witness the dead ends and detours of many of his children.

Joseph’s dead end was in a jail cell (Genesis 39:20). His detour led to second in command of Egypt (Genesis 41:40)

The Israelites’ escape came to a halting finish beside a beautiful sea. Their detour involved a powerful miracle and a deliverance they never could’ve imagined (Exodus 14:21).

The disciples at Calvary faced an end so shocking and heartbreaking it left them confused and terrified. But God offered a new beginning that would change the course of history and offer salvation to the world (Matthew 26 -28, Mark 15-16, Luke 22-24, John 18-21).

God can take your failures and broken hearts and turn them into joy and successes, so don’t allow yourself to get stuck at a dead end. Turn to Christ and hold on to your faith. Your darkest night may be the beginning of your greatest adventure.

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11, ESV).

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