It requires a lot of faith to know and understand that what you are looking for is just around the corner. Especially when your circumstances seem to dictate otherwise. The other day we decided to embark on a trip to Exmoor. We had a vague idea of where we were going and with the leftovers from the fridge and children in tow we took to the road. We weren’t aware however that a diversion had been set up on the route we wanted to follow. This diversion stumped us. We knew the map for the original route but being re-routed had totally thrown us out.
There were no signs in our proximity telling us our destination. Instead we had to obediently follow the signs which merely read ‘diversion’, around some very narrow lanes with no other direction. After a while these signs seemed to disappear and we were left following a route with no further signage. Everyone was getting tired now and we had lost our initial excitement. We seemed to climb hill after hill descending into each valley feeling that we were no further forward in achieving our desired destination. Every corner we turned seemed to provide no further answers as to where we were heading. Every time we made another turn we literally had to have faith that our destination was just around the corner.
Then just as we were about to give up, we saw a small sign in the distance. Exhausted but happy we all breathed a sigh of relief as the destination we were headed was revealed. This destination was more beautiful than we imagined, and if we had ceased to believe that we would eventually get there we would have missed the beauty of this final destination.
This journey reminded me that so many times, many of us may feel like we have missed the destination that God is calling us to because the journey takes an unexpected detour or the terrain starts to get too hard. Instead of embracing the unexpected we veer off too soon choosing an easier route. Instead of trusting that God will eventually lead us the way we need to go, we pull up our brakes and steer our destination to that which seems more manageable or controllable. You see there are many ‘diversions’ that may spring up as we seek to press forward in our relationship with God. There are many situations which seek to steer our attention from the dreams or goals which we have had faith for. The unexpected job loss, the illness or loss of a loved one. However as the enemy whispers ‘turn around, don’t go any further’, God is willing you on, like the classic film Polar Express, to ‘Just believe’. When you cannot see your way ahead or when your circumstances seem to dictate otherwise, God is calling us to trust that he can steer us thorough our current situation, that he can navigate the path that will lead us out to the desired destination.
I don’t presuppose to know what your diversion has been this year but I do know that God is calling us to trust Him in 2017 like never before, to relinquish the control that we can sometimes exert, despite our belief. To lay everything in Gods hands and to simply ‘just believe’ and have faith that HE will direct our paths.