“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9… Sometimes we think we are walking on the right path, only figure out God wants us to take a quick turn or a detour. In my experience, it is always easier to take His route for me…
Has God ever given you what you thought was a detour? Were you ever going a certain direction and wonder if you were still walking where He wanted you to go? Leave your story in the “comment”–we’d love to be encouraged by you!
May each of us continually submit to HIS path for our lives.
I’ve had lots of “detours” from the Lord which turned out to be wonderfully new pathways. One of the more recent ones occurred when I got breast cancer three years ago. As I walked that challenging road, I journaled. God used that time in my life to stretch me spiritually, pour blessings along a hard journey, and turn my experiences, throughts and conversations with God into a book about my experience. A fifteen year survivor said to me, at the beginning of my ordeal: “With time and God’s hand all over your journey, you will come to say this was one of the best things that ever happened to you.” I’m not sure I’m at the “best” word yet, but it definitely was a time of great lessons and blessings and I’m grateful for them.
Thanks for sharing your story, Carolyn. I know God has used the testimony of your journey to draw ME closer to him. May He continue to bless you in your writing career as you share His words with all of us:)
God works in mysterious ways that sometimes we don’t understand. Life is full of surprises and detours. If we can stay in tune with God closely, a detour is not always bad. When you strive to be in His will, you listen, and obey. In my life, as you know, God has redirected my path on several occasions, and He has blessed me through it all. I think the hard part is taking self out of the picture and letting God be in the driver’s seat with whatever happens in life. You know what I always say: “When God closes a door, He always opens a window.”
So true! You have been a great example of following God through many turns and trials. Thanks for sharing with us:)
Sara, I love your blog. Reading your writing, viewing your amazing photography. Thank you. Question: Have you ever considered posting 140-character thoughts on Twitter with Bible verse notations? Something like: [This is the 140-character thought from Sara Allen that relates to the Bible verse shown at the end of her Tweet John 3:16]