Life’s Detours

detour-clipart-KTje5n4acThis morning, a series of events at home caused me to leave for work later than I normally would.  As I traveled my usual route to work, I was met by a detour put in place by the Sheriff’s Office.  I was required to take an alternate, lengthier route – along with many other cars.  As I traveled this other route, I was grumbling because I knew after seeing the numerous cars detouring with me, I was probably going to arrive late to work.  This would be the first day I have ever clocked in late to my current job, without having a scheduled appointment as the reason.  I was not happy about this at all.

A few days earlier, someone had asked me to sign a copy of my book, Seasons of a Mom’s Life.  I asked God what would He have me write in the books when I signed them.  I heard the words, “Seek Him.”  This is what I decided to write, along with the following Scripture reference:

“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.  Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

As I waited in the long line of traffic, I told myself to be calm because there was nothing I could do about this situation.  As I sat there, I heard those same two words, “Seek Him.”  I decided to do just that…seek Him.  At least my wait wouldn’t be wasted time if I spent it with God.

After arriving at work, I received a text from my friend, who was checking on me.  She had seen a report about a crash involving multiple cars at one of the intersections on my commute.  It occurred around the time I normally go through that area and in the news photos there was a car like mine.  At first, I wasn’t aware of exactly what had happened until I searched for it on the news site.  I then understood this was the reason for my detour earlier.  Once I read the details of the incident, I realized if I had left home on time this morning I would have been in the exact spot around the same time this major accident took place.  Had I left at my normal time, would I have been caught up in this crash?  Only God knows the answer to that.  What I do know is He directs my steps, even the steps of inconvenience.

I decided this morning to make every effort not only to seek Him but thank Him, even in the delays, setbacks, and detours.  I know it won’t be an easy feat because my flesh will instead want to grumble and complain.  I will attempt to remind myself He directs my steps, and thankfully His vision is clear and far more reaching than I can ever imagine.  Join me as I condition myself to seek Him and thank Him, even in life’s detours.

 

Seek Him First

SeekFirstI woke up early this morning, and at first thought I would turn on the TV and watch the news or something.  Then I thought – no, I’m going to spend time with God, which should have been my first thought to begin with.  I find that I sometimes struggle with giving my free time to God and instead want to do something mindless.  Even when I am spending time with God, I often battle to keep my mind focused on Him and turn off my “mom mind”, which wants to create a grocery list and plan our meals for the week.  Do you struggle with this also?  I suspect that a lot of us do.

Once I began to focus on God this morning, I heard Him say, “Seek Me first,” and the following verses came to mind:

Therefore, do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.   Matthew 6:31-33 (AMP)

I was then reminded of one of my favorite songs, “Give Me Jesus”.  If you know this song, you are probably most familiar with Fernando Ortega’s version of this traditional old hymn.  The song begins with “In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus,” and concludes with “When I come to die, give me Jesus.”  This song is a great reminder of how we should begin and end, not just our lives but each day.  We should begin and end each day seeking Him, while continuing to do so throughout the day.  He has promised that if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him. 

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

I am challenging myself to seek Him first in everything, every day.  I know this won’t be an easy task, but I’m confident it will be a rewarding one.  I would love for you to join me in this challenge, and I would be thrilled if you would share your stories with me.