Detour Ahead

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 37:1-17, 34

Trust in him, and he will act. (v. 34)

My wife and I, with our young children in the back seat, were taking a car tour of the Gettysburg battlefield listening to a provided audio. It described the sights. Audio: “On your right, you are seeing a southern soldier on his horse.” Number 1 Child: “Daddy. That looks like a cannon.” Audio: “On your left, you’ll see soldiers, with rifles raised.” Child Number 2: “That’s a barn!’’ My frustration is growing. Everyone is now offering their solutions and directions. It’s getting hot in the car. I uttered something un-preacher-like.

Silence. Then volleys of laughter erupted from the back seat. I make a U-turn, seeing another family car doing the same, as confused as we were. That helped. We went back to the starting point and realized we had made one left turn, one turn too soon. We started over. Soon the described scenes were in sync with what we were viewing! The self-inflicted detour was over!

We hate to see the sign: detour ahead. Yet detours in life can teach us humility and perseverance. Consider: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (v. 5); “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you . . .” (v. 34). Detours are able to increase our hope and courage.

Foolishly we resent or rebel against painful experiences of life while knowing the strong hand of God guides our journey and will bring us home at last. —Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, forgive our foolish ways, especially when we create our own detours in life.