Detours

barrierRerouting, going off course, forced to change plans, a different course of action

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Barbara Bush

So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes. Sarah Jessica Parker

Life often requires taking a detour. It happens at the most inopportune times. Detour signs pop up when we least need something getting in our way or when something require us to change plans. We can no longer continue as we were, we must find alternative ways to get where we are going.

Whether we encounter detours on a road trip or unexpected and unwanted life’s events rudely jump in front of us; we must learn to deal with them; they must be handled in a proper manner. Things happen; they happen at the worst times; they are what they are. We can just allow them to totally disrupt our plans, causing us great emotional stress; cause us to cancel plans; go back home or give up. We can choose to regroup, refocus, deal with the detour and get back on the road to where we were headed. If we never become adept at handling life’s detours, we will find ourselves often quitting and having to start over very many times. Contrast the idea of a detour with that of a roadblock. A detour implies there are alternative routes available as compared to a roadblock not likely to have any alternatives. Roadblocks can stop us “dead in our tracks”.

Bridges are something we take for granted. A bridge collapse or a needed repair causes a detour to be necessary. Depending upon the local geography, such detours can add hours of travel and commuting time. It may require a year or longer to fix or replace a bridge. Those depending on the bridge are forced to alter their lives. They have to find the next best way to accommodate their needs. Giving up and staying home is not an option for those who are dependent upon the bridge to get to work. They must learn to accommodate this disruption to their lives and get on with living life.

During life, we lose loved ones, lose jobs; face health issues, have economic woes and misfortunes, and face a laundry list of trials and tribulations. Life does not always treat us kindly. Some life events include detours and roadblocks. We can find new and different ways to continue or we can throw up our hands, cry “Woe is me”, give up, and quit. We can develop a mindset to take life’s lemons and commit to turning them into lemonade.

Challenge: Do you look at your trials and tribulations as detours or as roadblocks? Detours are a hassle and inconvenient, but you can handle them and get back on course. Roadblocks can be “show stoppers”. If you look at problems as only detours, you display determination, perseverance and commitment. If you accept life’s problems as roadblocks, you are exhibiting a defeatist and victim mentality.  Always look for alternative routes.

Wisdom: For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.  Mary K Ash

Spiritual: (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Now faith is being sure of we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Life is a long journey. It has good days and bad days. Sometimes really bad things happen and present us with tough difficulties, barriers and even roadblocks that are more than we can handle. For those who do not have God in their lives, these trials and tribulation can be totally devastating. God will provide us with strength and guidance, what will seem to be a roadblock is only a temporary detour. He helps us and shows us how to go on.

Prayer: Help me to keep a proper perspective on my trials and tribulations. Help me to keep my eyes on You.

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