Have you ever experienced an unexplained occurrence in your life that changed your life's circumstances for the better? I have many times.
Oftentimes the main ingredient of these situations is that the end result is not readily noticed at the beginning. Time and again we may be just a little disturbed at first, until we realize the end results. The Scripture covers these odd, abnormal events in (Jeremiah 29:11).
So can angels simulate road workers? Can angels waylay road vehicles? Can angels alter our lifestyle for the betterment? In (Hebrews 13:2) we read, "Remember to welcome strangers, because some who have done this have welcomed angels without knowing it." So you be the judge.
Sometimes, I write simply off the top of my head. Other times, I really feel divinely inspired to write. This extensive blog is one of those latter times. The world is in dire need of a resurrected faith, as given in (John 20:24-29).
As for me, I say if our Creator, God created the world and everything in it from nothing, then His angels have no limitations. There is nothing God cannot do. Nothing faith cannot conquer.
Thus, this modern-day parable with a heavenly meaning was born. I trust you will enjoy reading it, as much as I did putting it together. Now, on with the blog "Faith's Detour Sign."
The other day I was hurriedly driving to visit a major client, when my driving was halted by blinking lights coming from a large service truck blocking the road.
Seeing the disgust written on my face, the truck driver immediately exited his truck in order to help. He told me to turn around, take the first left turn and follow the detour signs.
At the end of the detour, there was another identical truck. Exiting this truck, the driver smiled saying, "I'm glad you made it. I was waiting for you."
"I understand you were a little leery of missing that all-important sale. Sometimes God may put temporary roadblocks, or detours in our way to slow us down and test our faith," he said as if he knew me and my impatience.
He continued "You see, within our finite minds, we can never completely comprehend those heavenly thoughts or plans for our lives. Individuals liken yourself are always guided by Providence, or divine intervention, and not by fate, luck or chance. (Jeremiah 29:11)
"For trusted faith is one of the main components of your life, (Hebrews 11:1) and without this faith you will never trust divine intervention, nor please your Creator. (Hebrews 11:6)," he concluded, taking a big gulp from his thermos bottle.
"I know you are a road worker, but you seem to be reading my mind," I said. "Just how did you get such Biblical know-how?"
Changing the subject, he quickly responded "Now hurry on your way, my friend, or you'll miss that all-important sale."
Because of my detour, I just knew I had missed a sale. But I found the most unusual scene as I arrived. The client was pacing nervously back and forth in his office. As I entered his office, he literally grabbed and hugged me. Obviously, I was speechless.
About that same time, the client's secretary came in shouting for joy.
"Will someone please tell me what's going on?" I exclaimed.
My client then spoke up, "You see, we just heard some very bad news about a bad wreck down on Highway 49, the route to your home, and one of the vehicles involved fit the description of your vehicle. We knew that it was about the time you would be traveling down that road. When you didn't show, we just knew something had happened to you. We both stopped what we were doing and began to pray."
"I really thank you for your concern. But you see, my travel was slowed a bit, because of a detour. That's why I didn't travel Highway 49. And it's why I'm a little late. I'm not much into that prayer stuff, but I do thank you all for your concern," I responded back hastily.
"Wait just a minute," exclaimed the secretary. "Let me read you a verse from the Bible. "You are the GOD who does wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples." (Psalms 77:14). In other words, God works in mysterious ways, His miracles to perform," she concluded.
To make a long story short, I did make my sale that day, And I don't mind telling you, my life turned around that day. I'm not really sure if it was the kindness emanating from my client's office, or the nice road workers' well- placed remarks. It might have been an actual real life vision. In any event, it doesn't matter now as God surely got my attention that day by way of this most unusual chain of events. These events I have now come to label 'faith's detour' in giving my Christian testimony.
I know now God's hand was on me. For you see, if God can use a horse to throw the Apostle Paul to the ground and get his attention; if He can shut the lions' mouths and protect Daniel; and if He can part the sea for the Israelites; then He certainly can use a detour to prompt my faith, gain my attention and change my life forever. That day, I realized God's Grace was not only sufficient to save me but would also keep me. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7) .
And since that faithful day of God's divine intervention I have spent many an hour burning the midnight oil, comparing the Bible truths to my rather weird experience.
Yes, I have come to learn, as Christians, we must always put our faith in the instructions given by the unseen divine providential care. (John 20:29). Amen!
POSTLUDE (Taken from, faithgateway.org, Shelia Walsh, author)
"Have you ever found yourself at the end of a day thinking, “I had no idea when I woke up today that by tonight my life would have changed so much?” Perhaps you just discovered that you are going to be a mom, or perhaps you heard the doctor say, “Your cancer is back.” One day can definitely change the landscape of a human life.
Think of Moses standing before the burning bush, or Mary learning she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. What about Noah being given the assignment to build an ark bigger than a football field, or Simon Peter being called from his career as a fisherman to be an itinerant preacher? Then there was the shepherd David chosen to be king of Israel and the Christian-killing Saul chosen to be the amazing preacher/evangelist/church planter/theologian Paul.
These are dramatic examples of God’s life-changing power, a power we encounter in quieter moments as well . . . such as when He comes alongside to calm our worries, to remind us of his faithfulness, to shine His guiding light into the darkness of our confusion, to touch our hearts with hope when circumstances seem hopeless, to whisper to us of His love. Even a gentle touch from the Father can change the landscape of our life."
What day in your life, if any, came to mind as you read the first paragraph of today’s devotional? Describe what happened and what made that day so significant.
Sometimes instead of changing our circumstances, God changes our hearts. When have you experienced that kind of his work in your life? Thank him for it. Please feel free to share your responses in our comments section below.
A Prayer for Today
"Lord, I don’t need drama; I just need you. Help me to rest in Your promise that Your plans for me are plans for good—and help me to follow Your lead and cooperate with Your Spirit as those plans unfold."
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