Do you ever feel your life is full of many “almost made it” opportunities? The interruptions of life continually prevent you from accomplishing your goal and living out your dream. You almost got the promotion, almost got married, almost won the competition, almost got into that college, almost bought the house, almost had a baby, almost beat cancer…
They can happen to us or even our loved ones, either way they put a sharp curve in the road, taking us in another direction, to a destination we have no desire to visit.
Some times these are self-invoked and happen because we (or another around us) turned the steering wheel in the wrong direction due to a bad decision – texting while driving, cheating on our taxes, shaving our legs with a dull razor. (Uh…TMI on that last one?)
Other times we’re driving innocently down our path when God, for some unknown reason, sticks a “detour” sign in the middle of the road. Instead of our intended direct route, He sends us on the scenic one and it feels as if we’re wasting, or losing, time in the process.
Many (many) years ago I was a dancer, a hip-hop dancer (Yep, makes me laugh too, but I was not bad for a white girl, ha). I was getting hired in small jobs around Atlanta and working my name into the business. I was a new Christian and figured I could use music and dance as a ministry to reach the younger generation. It would meet a need.
However, right as my dancing began to take off, God called me into missions. I fought it hard initially but the calling into missions never went away. In fact it grew the more I opened my mind to it.
While in Russia I met a guy who was also a missionary. He became my best friend and remained a friend until four years later, when we began dating and soon married. We continued in missions and traveled all over the world and now have two wonderful kids and have begun our own publishing company.
I don’t share this to brag on me but instead on God and the adventure He gave me via a “detour” sign. You see, if I had of ignored the “detour” sign in the road, I would have never met Mark. I’m sure God would have still blessed my hip-hop dancing ministry, but it would have been without Mark.
I’ve recently begun Priscilla Shirer’s bible study, Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted. She teaches that life’s interruptions are often God’s divine interventions.
I joke now about my dancing but at the time it was a very, very hard dream to let go. I didn’t understand why God would give me the gift and desire to dance, only to take it away. In a way, I still don’t. But, I do know is that I would do it all again.
When you follow God’s scenic route, it may take longer. The road may not be as smooth. The curves may even make you carsick. BUT…it will be a great adventure and so worth any discomfort and extra time it takes.
How do you handle God’s divine interventions?
Do you have an advice to offer anyone who may be facing a curve in their road?
BTW – if you are looking for a good study to do - check out Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah study. I LOVE her stuff!