Oops! (Or Not?)

Posted by Rita Bergen on

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

Mike and I chatted as we drove, so grateful to be past the blinding downpour. Radar showed scattered strong storms ahead on this new-to-us route, but for now the weather was clear. I glanced at a highway signpost for the town we were passing. “Maquoketa…hmm,” I mused, wondering where that was. Grabbing my atlas (yes, paper map), I searched—and discovered we were thirty miles down the wrong highway. Oh no! Missed exit. Our bad.

Yet amazingly “our bad” turned to “our good.” While navigating a different, roundabout route, we watched storms brewing beside us, on the original route, and storms spinning ahead of and behind us. But we never went through another downpour the final six hours of our trip.

You can imagine my gratitude! The God of the Big Picture had transformed our mistake into our good. Who can understand His ways? Not me! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” In this case, we could see the benefit right away, but most times we can’t see the good immediately. Yet the truth remains.

God is at work for our good, and He’ll even use our mistakes to bless us in the end as we turn to Him in trust: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Did you catch that? He will. It’s a promise. In the end, your paths will be straightened, and your journey will be blessed. By your God of the Big Picture.

Submitted by:
Rita Bergen
Cornerstone Community Church
Lenexa, Kansas

One-Year Bible Reading
Exodus 30:11-31:18
Matthew 26:47-68
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 8:27-32

 

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