Lifelines: Those detour signs

By Bettie Marlowe
Posted 6/28/18

Those detour signs

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Lifelines: Those detour signs


When the power went out in the 25th Street area on Sunday night, it was at the time I would be leaving for the evening church service. Since my landline phone hiss to have, I had to resort to my car phone to find out if the same thing had happened in the South Cleveland area where the church is located.

Of course, since the car was in the garage, the door had to be open before the car could be started. The door is electric, too, but I disconnected it, and with some effort was able to open it. But no one answered by call – only voice mail. Finally I received word from the downstairs tenant, that church service was going on as planned. Although by then, I would be a half hour late, I headed up Clingan toward Peerless Road.

It was blocked by a broken light pole and a downed tree. I had to take a detour.

As much as a person groans at taking a detour, the detours get us to where we are going. It may be around a washed-out bridge, road construction or some danger, such as power lines in the street, but it’s imperative that we pay attention to those detour signs. Ignore them and get into trouble. They are for our benefit.

The orange sign on Inman Street at the railroad underpass clearly reads “Detour.” And there are several pointing the way around, Nevertheless, hardly a month goes by without a truck getting stuck — or struck — as it tries to negotiate the low overpass. Someone didn’t read the detour sign.

In life, everything is not smooth. Sometimes the road is impassable. And sometimes, danger lurks. But God sees what is ahead and puts up a detour sign for us — He makes a way.

Not every time is the detour for the traveler, however. Read about Elisha in 2 Kings 4, how he was sent to the widow’s house — not just to be fed, but to supply her needs as well.

Do you remember Peter’s detour when he was sent to the house of Cornelius? Not only was Peter’s life changed, but his “detour” led to a great change in preaching the Gospel (Acts 10).

Paul (Galatians 1:17) really took a detour. He was on his way to Damascus and ended up in Arabia — receiving a call from the very Lord he had persecuted to minister to the Gentiles.

Jesus himself took a detour through Samaria. There the woman at the well learned about the “living water” and spread the word about the man who told her everything.

I guess the detour the children of Israel took after coming from Egypt is the most well-known. Their detour through the wilderness lasted 40 years and during that time, God revealed Himself to them and did many miracles. He made them ready for the entrance into Canaan Land and it took time. As they were on their detour, there was grumbling, murmuring and rebelling, but a new group came out on the other side, ready to receive the promise of God.

What’s in your life? Goals? Circumstances? Situations? The unexpected?  

Whatever lies ahead, “the Lord will make a way somehow.”


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