He was traveling down the highway, just wanting to get home for the night. He had been away a few days for work, and the long drive home was eating at his patience.
He then discovered a road block. He couldn’t take the path he was used to. A detour was the only option.
He veered off onto the country road. Not being able to get back on the highway, the mostly vacant roads formed the route for the rest of the drive home. The only problem was that he didn’t know the fastest avenue to take.
He knew the final destination, and the general direction, but not the specific turns that made the journey. So the rest of the trip was a series of split second decisions. Driving straight for a while, but then encountering a fork in the road.
Left? Or right?
I don’t know about you, but I hate that feeling. Not knowing exactly how to get where I want to go drives me crazy, especially when I want to get there fast.
And unfortunately, sometimes I feel like my life is this way. I know where I want to be, but I’m not sure of the specific steps to get there. I grow increasingly impatient, wanting to get wherever it is as quickly as possible.
I go through my day, knowing what I want to accomplish, what I want to be, but I don’t always know how to get there.
I take wrong turns. I backtrack. I get a little lost, then find my way again.
For some reason, I kind of think that’s what God wants. He wants me to see the scenery. He wants me to learn to make decisions, and not become complacent in my cruise controlled, highway driving life.
To be honest, I don’t know that I like this. I want to know the exact path, and the exact destination. But God doesn’t always do that. Sometimes He gives me neither.
We see this in the life of Joseph. Being sold into slavery, and being thrown into prison - only to end up being a ruler in the country of Egypt.
Ups and downs like that don’t make for a very pleasant drive. They’re rough. You can’t use cruise control.
But they make for better stories.
Maybe that’s why God does it. Maybe He wants to make my life, our lives, a great story.
We all love a good story. Maybe God does too.