Detours of Faith

I usually start my day around 6:45 a.m. to get my 8 year old son ready for school. I drop him off around 7:20 in the morning. I return home, get dressed, and go to work at 8:30 a.m. Today, my terrific Thursday decided to take a detour from the norm. I couldn’t start my car! My son and I went back into the house. He usually eats breakfast at school. Since I would have to walk him there, he wouldn’t have enough time to go the cafeteria. I prepared some oatmeal and turkey sausage for him instead.fall

There’s a paved walking path in front of our apartment complex which passes by my son’s school. The start of the trail is in the opposite direction of the road we drive on to get to his school. As we began walking, my son asked, “Where are we going? I thought we were going to school?” I assured him that was exactly where we were headed. A few minutes later surrounded by trees, grass, and leaves he asked again if I was sure how to get there. I repeated, “We are going to your school.” In the warmer months, I run on this trail. I knew where it would lead us because I had been in a place where my son had not yet travailed. What’s funnier is the second time my son (about 1 foot shorter than me) doubted my sense of direction, I could already see the building close ahead of us.

In those moments of our walk, God reminded me of His character. He knows my ending before I begin (Isaiah 46:10). He is a guide lighting my path (Psalms 119:105). Regardless of how confused or lost I may feel, my steps are ordered when I focus on Him (Psalms 37:23). He is all knowing; even before I can fix myself to pray (Psalms 139:4). Nothing is beyond His comprehension (Psalms 147:5).

I’m the type of person who likes to make plans and know what’s going to happen before it happens. It’s hard to let others take control, but God can be trusted as a navigator. He already knows the who, what, when, where, why and how of every matter I encounter.control

My day started off rocky, but I was taken care of in the Master’s hands. On my walk back home, I called my auto insurance company for roadside assistance. Within 5 minutes of returning home someone had arrived to give me a jump. I drove to the same auto parts store where I purchased my last battery 2 years ago. The warranty for a free replacement expired after 36 months. Somehow, someway, when I offered the store associate my receipt from the previous purchase, he said he didn’t need it. (I assumed my info was in their computer system.) Even still, I should have gotten an $82 credit towards the purchase of a new battery. Instead, I wasn’t charged anything. He replaced my battery and sent me on my merry way.

God will prepare you for what’s ahead. Let Him take the lead. Don’t be discouraged by your surroundings and the scenery. He knows the right way and the right time.