I’ve been getting ready for an upcoming trip with our high school students to CIY Move in Durango, CO. (CIY is a great organization, and if you’ve never taken students to one of their conferences or mission experiences, you should definitely check them out.) As I’ve been preparing, I’ve been keeping an eye on the fires that are currently burning in the mountains of Colorado. It’s one thing to drive the church vans over the continental divide in the awe-inspiring and transmission-and-brake-murdering mountains. But it’s a whole different game when walls of smoke start coming out to play.
Last year, we had to drive through few smokey areas, but this time, there’s a 30 mile section of the road that is completely closed. When you’re crossing the continental divide, this is kind of a big deal. A road closure often means driving hundreds of miles out of your way because there aren’t a lot of options. I’d already re-routed part of our trip in order to get out of our routine a little bit, which ends up being a good thing because, now, we can’t stick with our usual plan anyway! I’ll miss a few of the things along our normal route that I really enjoy (a sweet morning devotion stop accented by some really fun scrambling around in the rocks, and one my favorite views anywhere I’ve been…), but I’m also looking forward to taking a road I’ve never been on and seeing some new places.
This has me thinking about Paul. In Acts 16, you can read a little back story to the planting of the church in Philippi. It’s a story of re-routing. Paul was traveling around, strengthening churches and planting the gospel, when God interrupted and sent him somewhere he wasn’t planning to go. I don’t even know if Philippi was on Paul’s radar until God stopped what Paul was intending and re-directed his journey.
Would you let God redirect you today? Would you let Him stop you from doing whatever it is that you’re hoping to accomplish and send you on a wild goose chase into something you’ve never even thought of?
Don’t be afraid of the alternative route. If it’s His idea, it’ll still get you where you need to be. Enjoy the journey!