Intersection at Cherokee and Main Streets, Kennesaw, Georgia
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I have a pet peeve that many of you might share with me: People who are compulsively late to everything. Now before you think me judgmental, I hold myself to the same standard. I strive to be on time for any and all appointments, usually arriving earlier than required. And if I think, for any reason, that I could be tardy, anxiety, necessary or not, is guaranteed to kick in.
For example, I have a dental appointment this past Monday scheduled for 10:10. I leave the house with ample time to spare, or so I think. Whoops! The quickest route to the dentist is closed! Oddly, this road is recently reworked, so I'm stymied by the unexpected shut down.
Shifting gears, as the angst bubbles in the pit of my stomach, I take the detour. Yes, it's much, much longer, and I fear I'll not pull up to the office on time. But to my immense relief, I roll the car into a parking space two minutes early.
Whew! Close one!
That same afternoon, I'm slated to pick up granddaughter, Virginia Rose, from Performing Arts Camp, held at our church, at one o'clock. Blithely, I set out on the same path we take that morning, only to discover that the road crossing the railroad tracks is closed for repair. What??? No trains??? Daily commerce is certainly at a standstill.
Thankfully, I'm well acquainted with the detour I have to take after years of being caught off guard by a passing train, when I'm headed for church, but again, I'm bound to be late.
And I am . . .
The paths I'm forced to travel on Monday are anything but straight. I do make it to both destinations only because I am already familiar with the alternate routes.
But what if I hadn't been aware of my options? What then?
Our day to day lives are often filled with detours; it's so easy to get off track. Yet, when we lean (my word for the year) on our Lord, trusting not in our own solutions but on His, He will, and He does, make our paths straight.
And one day, in God's time, we will arrive at our eternal destination.