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Topic: MAP (01/31/19)
TITLE: Unplanned Reroutes
By Laurie Staples
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Navigational tools have made paper maps almost obsolete. Finding a place is as easy as tapping the correct address into our devices, sitting back and listening to the lady tell us exactly when and where to turn, and wah-lah, we arrive at our destination. Although I do remember one occasion when the “lady” led me on a wild goose chase and I ended up no where NEAR my intended destination. I was shocked! She’d never failed me before! Maybe I hadn’t listened closely enough—but no, I was sure I’d never heard her say anything about “calculating a reroute.” Reroutes always follow wrong turns.
As a flight attendant, “reroute” is a dreaded word. Just when you think you’re on your way to a warm Miami layover, crew scheduling calls and (likely due to some weather disruption or mechanical problem) you’re informed you’ve been rerouted and will now be laying over in Fargo. After all, airlines aren’t concerned about getting their flight attendants to their nice layovers but rather ensuring that their passengers get to their paid destinations. Of course, the crew enjoying YOUR layover in Miami rather than THEIR own in Fargo—well, their reroute was a bonanza.
Several years after we decided we weren’t going to have any more children, God arranged a reroute that would stretch us physically, emotionally and spiritually. I became pregnant with our son, Brett, who was born with severe disabilities.
After his birth I tormented myself with the thought that he might be my punishment for turning onto the wrong path one too many times. Was he born the way he was because I’d drowned out the still, small voice of the Spirit who had prodded me to calculate a reroute when I’d willfully chosen to take a wrong turn? For not waiting on Him to guide and direct me back onto the right road?
I remember telling my mom I thought Brett might be my punishment, that I didn’t deserve a healthy baby. I’ll never forget her response, “My goodness! If it was about what we deserve, no one would have a healthy baby. Remember, Honey, God is either sovereign or He isn’t.”
Years later, I look back and realize how wrong I’d been to think of Brett as a punishment. Today I see him as a special gift with a unique purpose. I take comfort in knowing Brett IS God’s perfect plan for us—he isn’t the result of a “wrong turn.” As we continue on the route to our final destination, I know God will supply us with everything we need. I can trust Him to navigate us through the physical, emotional and spiritual trials we will continue to encounter along the way. And when we are finally Home, we will discover that all of our troubles were “achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
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