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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Dead End (02/06/14)

TITLE: Our Detour Provider
By Maura J. Merrigan
02/13/14


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What is it about a dead end that affords no exit? You´re in the driver´s seat riding along and quite sure you know where you´re going. Suddenly up ahead the headlights have pressed on that dreaded, glaring, yellow diamond sign. You stop dead in your tracks. End of passageway. Definitions attack your mind: blind alley, terminated, no advancement, no outlet, no moving beyond this point, deadlock. “Alright already!” You scream in your head, “I´ve got the point! In three ways!”

You get out of that mess of a cul-de-sac trying to maneuver that vehicle in your most talented three point turn ever. This act inevitably turns into a five point turn. Why? Because by now your hands are shaking uncontrollably as you realize your impasse left you surrounded by deep, black forest landscapes with no signs of light or life.

Dead ends are dangerous and wearisome standstills. The most dreaded of road signs. If you manage to get out of one, you are still in quite a quandary. You frantically search for that sign that once was the second most dreaded road signal, but this time, oh, this time it’s your saving grace! How did you miss it before? That beautiful sign, detour! Now your car rolls effortlessly through the passageways, arrow after arrow, turn after turn, you exhale relief as bright orange fingers lift you up out of one scary, stressed mess!

What would happen if we ignored those road signs? Disaster could strike if we decided to find our own way out. If we didn´t stop when we were told to, or ignored the slippery ice sign or railroad crossing, we know the outcome could prove fatal. Of course, we obey those signs. We know that our life is at stake.

Our God is constantly putting road signs in front of us. His Word is the most important of all life´s driving regulations. If we miss one important message or disobey a road sign, we may suffer the consequences and find ourselves in a precarious situation, or feeling down and depressed because of foolish choices. Yet he is a forgiving God. He promises He is always with us. Forever He is at our side. As we continue to trust Him, He eventually sends a way out: that beloved detour sign comes into view!

Now He leads you effortlessly back on the highway, guiding you to your final destination. How smoothly you breathe now. A pacing heart has slowed and a cooling calm relaxes those tense facial muscles and arthritic hands that had gripped the steering wheel. You tap the cd button now and joyful music rules your demeanor! You´re on your way home!

Look to God´s Word to deliver you from dead ends, traffic jams and detours in life. He died for you and all your wrong turns! He will never fail you. He will always make provision for a way out. He is your tow truck, the God of security. His name is Jesus, Jehovah, Jireh, our detour provider!


Isaiah 41:10 ¨So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.¨
Matthew 7:7 ¨Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you
Philippians 4:19 ¨And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus”


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CD Swanson 02/13/14
Superb devotional!

God bless~
Toni Hammer 02/13/14
Amen. Loved the analogy.
LaCretia Peters02/18/14
I really enjoyed this devotional!! Your words painted pictures in my mind and, from your descriptions, I was taken to so many times in my life when I faced the fear of the dead end and had to maneuver my way out!! You should certainly consider writing devotionals all the time. This was superb!!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/20/14
Congratulations on ranking 8th in your level!! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.