This 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.