What a Detour in the Road Taught Me About God’s Plan

Driving down the interstate I saw the dreaded detour sign. Instantly my stomach sunk because I knew my typical routine was changed. But, it wasn't a total loss, because God taught me something about detours in our plans for our lives...

What a Detour in the Road Taught Me About God's Plan

Driving down the interstate on my way to work one day and I saw the dreaded “detour” sign. Instantly my stomach sunk because I knew my typical routine was changed. I had so many questions pop into my mind. Is this going to make me late? Am I going to get lost?

Anxiety and fear kicked in because I was on an unfamiliar path. My route is comfortable because I know it like the back of my hand. I know if I leave my house at 5:50am I will be parked at my job at 6:12am. I know that after that one curve I need to stick a little to the right of the lane because there’s a small pothole on the left. And I know where the coffee shop is on my way in case I need to make a stop.

My planned route has been changed into an unknown path through streets I haven’t driven on. All while being guided by orange signs with arrows that are spaced far enough apart that you always start to think, “Did I pass the next sign; did I miss my next instruction?”

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Our lives can be very similar to our commutes. We have our plans and how things should go. We feel safe and comfortable with our daily routines. But God always has a funny way of mixing things up. Life has moments when things are thrown at us and we do not know how we are going to navigate through it.

Our plans have gone out the window and we are now on this detour. I remember that the sign informing me that a detour was about to happened said “Planned detour.” In my anxious all I thought was detour and started to freak out. What I did not think about was that whoever was doing construction on the interstate had planned this detour. The builder of my route knew a few things I did not.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it’s the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”Proverbs 19:21

This temporary detour was necessary for the construction on the interstate to be finished.

In the immediate moment, it may seem like an inconvenience but to the overall plans this detour is necessary. In the long term this detour allows for my daily route to be built properly and safely. There were parts of the roads that needed to be worked on that made the conditions unsafe for traveling. God knows how to get you to where you need to go and he’s going to take you along the route that will allow you to be built up appropriately and safely. He is aware of the conditions of your life and how to navigate you along the correct path.

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purpose of his heart through all generations.”Psalm 33:10-11

The detour was thoughtfully made.

They don’t just randomly pick a few roads and hope that it will get you to where you need to be. The builder takes time to look and find the best route that will get you back onto the interstate or even to your destination. You and your entire life has already been thought out by God. A wise friend once told me “stop fearing the unknown as if God doesn’t know about it.” What seems like a detour for us was always part of the plan. Every detail of your life has been accounted for and God knows the best way to navigate you through them.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11

Detours stink. They knock us out of our routine, they make us feel lost, and we feel like we are never going to get to our destination. Something that God has put in my heart lately is that I need to “be interruptible.” I need to be able to adjust to the new detour when its thrown at me unexpectedly and trust that it is all part of his plans. Maybe you’re not where you thought you would in your life at this point.

You pictured that by now you’d be further in your career, or married, or started a family already. While you might not be there yet, know that you are on the path that will get you there. God knows the path you need to go through. On his route we learn and grow as he builds us up before we get to our destination.

Question from Danny Tamayo, the author.

What detours have you experienced and how are you reminding yourself to turn to God in these situations?

Written by Danny Tamayo

For 40 hours a week I am a pediatric cardiac nurse. For 168 hours a week I am a son of Christ. I enjoy encouraging others to find who they are in Christ and how they can let Gods light shine through them in a world that could use some more light.

12 thoughts on “What a Detour in the Road Taught Me About God’s Plan

  1. Even when we think we know the direction we are headed in, something we are thrown off course. This is really good Danny. “My planned route has been changed into an unknown path through streets I haven’t driven on.”

  2. Great story man! Very cool analogy in this post.

    For me, I experienced a big detour in my early 20s. I had a whole plan figured out. Nothing went the way I had expected it to, BUT because of the detour, I met my wife, found my church and my closest friends.

    This also reminded me of an older post that I had written. https://dailyps.com/plans/

    1. Yes, another thing I noticed was that I could actually look down (like a bird) at my ambulance moving towards me, the clarity was great, like nothing I ever experienced, I didn’t need my glasses, and my mind seemed very sharp! My Mother asked me how did I see this, and I immediately defaulted to the natural saying it must have been a bug eye mirror from the back of the ambulance…. Yet this ambulance had no windows, and I never faced the back either. The point being is that we will always try and reason it out – (sort of a “default setting” of the natural mind). Yet the things of God are supernatural, and by faith – is the only way that we get to see more! Our finite natural minds are not equipped for the spiritual, and all the reasoning and memorization in the world won’t change how our Lord works with us! These were hard lessons learned, but I now move more and more in my understanding of the things of God which are uninhibited and unaffected by mere doctrinal positions… Are you tracking?

  3. Good post, when I was having a heart massive attack, my ambulance got stuck in traffic – I couldn’t understand it at the time, but if I hadn’t of been diverted to another hospital, I would not have received the care I needed which saved my life!
    Everything, including the Presidential election at that time played right into my court! As later John McCain was taking on my case from the military hospital, and the Military, (who had been ignoring my Congressman) had a fire lit under them, which saved our home from medical dept! All things work for good * for those who are actually CALLED, according to the Lord’s purpose – and it doesn’t happen like that for the world and his wife, I discovered!

    1. Thanks for sharing that! Hindsight is always 20/20, I love looking back and see how things I thought were an inconvenience at the time was actually God looking out for me.

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