A friend told me her experience of taking a trip and encountering a sign that said, "Detour Ahead". She was upset because it would delay her arrival time at her destination. With a growing sense of impatience, she turned off the main road and followed the arrows that pointed her in a new direction. Fear was also welling up within her because she was alone in her car and there was no other traffic. What if her car broke down in this desolate area where no one seemed to be but her? She continued on and came up over a hill where before her she witnessed the most beautiful sunset that she had ever seen. It was as if the scene had been painted just for her. Her eyes welled up with tears and she caught herself saying "thank you".
What this friend realized in that moment was that there can be gifts that come from the detours in life. If we can be patient and trusting of the Universe or God, something good is usually waiting for us along the way.
In my own life, I have often encountered detours. Where I thought I should be was not where I was and I experienced feelings of frustration and impatience. But later, in hindsight, I realized that I had been exactly where I needed to be. There were no coincidences. The detour gave me a chance to learn important lessons and make a difference in the lives of others that I encountered along the way. I saw where we came together in synchronicity to do our work together.
My husband and I are ministers and we had been looking for a church to serve when I heard about a position as a coordinator of a mentoring program for mothers. The program was wonderful and I enjoyed helping it to grow. Then our funding was pulled and the program needed to continue on a volunteer basis, which it has continued to do quite successfully. But I needed to find another job. I was able to go to work for the same charity but as a hospice volunteer coordinator. While I was upset about leaving the other program, I have truly enjoyed my work in hospice and have learned new skills and shared different gifts.
When you encounter a detour in your life, remember that great gifts can come through these changes in direction. Keep a positive attitude and know that just around the corner or over the next hill you may find something or someone waiting for you that will be a blessing in your life in ways that you can't even imagine. Life is an exciting journey and even more so with the unexpected detours. Give thanks and enjoy the ride!