Detours and Delays

Posted by: Pastor Noel Dionson July 17th, 2016

When I drive towards Immanuel Fellowship Center coming from the port area following Mango Ave., I usually go to Cebu Business Park since one cannot just go straight a little beyond the Gorordo Ave.-Mango Ave. intersection and turn left to the road that leads to the Center.

Entering Cebu Business Park, I turn right to Sorsogon Road. I continue on and turn left following Ayala Road. Before reaching the Ayala Road-Luzon Avenue-Samar Loop Road intersection, there is a U-turn slot. I take the slot to make a U-turn driving towards Gorordo Ave.. When I reach Gorordo Ave., I turn left and down to Rahmann St.. Upon reaching Mango Ave., I turn left and just before reaching Gorordo Ave.-Mango Ave. intersection I turn to the right to the Center.

However, last Thursday, I was surprised the U-turn slot in Ayala Road was blocked. I had to proceed and turn right following Samar Loop Road and take the U-turn slot and then turn left to Ayala Road for Gorordo Ave.. I made a detour.

Sometimes in our walk with the Lord, He wants us to make a detour just like what happened to the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. Exodus 13:17-18 records “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.(18) So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle” (NIV). Instead of going straight to the Land of Canaan through the Philistine territory God made them do a detour. Why? They were not ready to face war although they were prepared for war. War could discourage them. At the same time, God wanted to teach them to trust His guidance. It says in Exodus 13:20-22, “After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. (21) By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. (22) Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people” (NIV). God was their guide as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. It was supernatural experience to all of them.

There are detours and delays in our walk with the Lord. But He allows them to happen because He knows what is best for us. There are times that the straightest and fastest routes are not the best for us. God has a plan whenever He brings detours and delays in our lives. Detours and delays are times of preparation and learning. So let us welcome God’s detours and delays in our lives.