Monday, August 26, 2013

Beauty In The Detours

I was driving home from the city one day and turned off the highway one exit too soon. Groan and rats in a poke! I soon found myself zooming out into the countryside. Rather than heading nearer to home, where my tired self was longing to be lounging on the deck that warm day, I was going farther away.

Traffic roared confidently past, as my mind decided whether I should turn back or just keep going, since many roads around here eventually lead to Rome home. I kept going.

Rather than become agitated at the detour in my plans...let's just say I remembered I had a choice about it... and so I embraced the unexpected turn of events, allowed my eyes to feast on green, grassy fields of hay, and enjoy rustic farm yards crowned with some interesting old barns, all the while wending my way home a new way.

Making a wrong turn that day was mildly inconvenient. Nothing serious, just a change in direction.  But as I drove I thought about detours and side trips in our lives that we never meant to go on and how we wish we could get off that bumpy, unpaved trail, and start again. In God's world, I don't think our detours and side trips (aka mistakes) upset him as much as they do us. Our road trips of life are only mistakes dead ends when we make a decision to give up, put the car in park, and refuse to travel further.

Even if we find ourselves totally lost, the beauty of knowing Someone who is good at reading our 'road maps' and knows the way Home means we can relax a little. We can see it as an adventure. Yes, it may be uncomfortable, scary even, but if we can find the beauty, maybe one day we'll find ourselves grateful for the experience and cherish the lessons learned from the detour.

As we probably won't pass this way again, why not take note of the memories, lest we arrive at Point B without any stories to tell or blog posts to write.
 Wishing you grace for the journey!


  1. This is lovely, Brenda. I'm feeling a bit detour-ish myself these days. Time to think of them as a chance to slow down, to evaluate and reflect, and to find beauty along the way as you did. Such lush green fields. Here, the fields (and lawns) are brown and dry.

    Have a wonderful Monday!

    1. We've had lots of rain all summer... it's been nice. So we've got lots of green around here. Although there are touches here and there of the season to come.

  2. An excellent comes on the heels of an excellent sermon I heard yesterday in a similar vein. How so often the answer to the problem is at hand, but we give up too soon. Glad that you sallied forth and found such a beautiful scene and wonderful blog fodder to share. Nothing need be wasted for bloggers. I will confess, however, that I would have also been quite royally annoyed by turning off too soon.

  3. I did the same yesterday, missed a turning and sailed n by. Then I couldn't find anywhere to turn around and was getting bothered. But, calmed down and thought, maybe there is a reason.

  4. Dear Brenda - such an inspirational post. In God's way perhaps the detours are the ones we are to take. I bet you found your way home though...I know I always do. Have a beautiful day.

  5. Thanks Brenda - for helping me to see another perspective. There are good things to be gleaned even in the detours.God is still there at work.

  6. Good thoughts and it does parallel my poem on my blog!

  7. Being in the moment, and enjoying it, takes some time to learn.
    The older I get the more I appreciate the side tracks and detours.


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