Monday, November 28, 2011

The Scenic Route

Which do you like better—enjoying the journey or arriving at the destination?

On our way to the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, my family encountered a detour. A major rockslide forced travelers to exit the interstate and take a four-lane highway around the mountains and through small towns. The four-lane highway eventually narrowed to two lanes, as we meandered our way through thick trees and along the side of steep mountains. Fortunately, my family always lets me sit in the front of the car, since I can get carsick on road trips. But I felt sorry for the person sitting in the back. The one hour that it should have taken us to reach our destination, stretched to three.

Breathtaking creeks and rivers greeted us as we made our way through the mountains, and stunning views made us stop and find our cameras. We discovered Little Pigeon River, and took pictures of wintry trees hovering over rushing water. The rockslide that we once groaned about, became a blessing because of the beauty that we saw along the way.

Sometimes God takes us on a “scenic route.” It may not be the fastest way to get there, but He knows that it’s the best way. There may be some goal we want to accomplish or some place we want to arrive at in our lives by a certain time. And we may even have the road mapped out of how to get there. But for some good reason, God takes us along a different path. It may take us a little longer to arrive at our destination than what we expected. But what we see and what we learn along the way can be worth the trip.

Have you encountered any “detours” recently? Or are you on a scenic route now? Even when the path is unexpected or difficult to endure, I hope that you see that God is with you and that you discover the beautiful things He wants to show you along the way. Where God is, joy and beauty can be found. He is the perfect Guide, and very often the longer stretches of “road” are worth the drive.

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).

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