Have you ever been driving and found yourself almost late for an appointment? As you are cruising down the road you feel that based on your speed and distance you will make it with no time to spare. Next you turn the corner and the road is blocked. A detour to a new route will make you late for your appointment. Now what are you going to do?
The past couple of weeks have been a life of detours. Plans have been roadblocked, deadlines have not been met, and things have not ran as expected. Each time this happens I am faced with a question. When the engineer doesn't show, what are we going to do now? When family plans have to be cancelled, what are we going to do now? When equipment is back-ordered or is not going to make it on time, what are we going to do now?
This question has two potential results. We can panic and add a tremendous amount of stress in our lives or we can accept the fact and follow the detour. I prefer the second option. In John chapter 11, Jesus is with His disciples when Lazarus dies. He returns with His disciples to Bethany where Mary and Martha live. It is here the reader sees the sisters' stress due to their expectation of Jesus' presence before Lazarus' death. Notice before this event what Jesus says to His disciples in verse 15. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe [John 11:15, NKJV] I am sure this was a shocking statement to the disciples, however, there is a point to learn.
If this event did not happen, the disciples would not have had the opportunity to have their faith strengthened. Seeing the power of Christ in one's life when everything seems hopeless can impact you forever. The disciples had a moment to realize just that. The next time you find yourself in a detour with some unanswered questions, allow Christ to teach you some essential elements of faith. Maybe your detour is a time to learn.