Have you ever set your alarm clock the night before because you were setting out on a journey, planning a trip, or needed to get to an appointment the next day. All night long you thought about the trip or maybe it was a visit. You had in your mind what you were going to put on, what you were going to eat for breakfast, and how much time it would take you to get to your destination.
You get into your vehicle and start out on the way to your destination. You are excited about the trip, but you don't really know all that will take place once you get to where you are going. There are so many variables that could change by the time of your arrival. There are questions that you ask yourself like: "Am I wearing the right outfit? Will they like my hairstyle? Does my breathe smell fresh? Will I be able to answer all their questions? How much money will I make? What are the pros and cons of leaving this area and going to a place that I've never been before? What if they reject my proposal? And so on and so on.
Even when we think we have dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's, we can never be sure that we will be welcomed with open arms by this or that person or company. We can never be sure that we have found a match made in heaven, we can never be sure, the sacrifice was worth our time and our efforts.
Have you ever been so focused on your goals that you blindly went into the unknown without counting up all the cost? That truly is not being wise at all! Sometimes we get close to our destination, only to discover that the closer we got roadblocks, and detour signs start showing up on poles along the roadside. What a great disappointment when Detours show up in our path/life. We want to pick the quickest, smartest, wisest way to get to our destination with the least amount of stress and discomfort. However once we get close to our destination we are met with a big sign that says,"Detour!" On the sign there are pointing fingers or symbols on it that indicated an alternative route that you must now take.
None of us get through life without detours. The Wise Men's detour probably wasn't pleasant but it had tremendous value; it saved Jesus' life. Socichino Honda, founder of Honda Motors, offered this insight:...success can be achieved only through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success only represents one percent of your work that results from 90 percent of that which is called failure. Very few unacquainted with failure will ever know the true joy of success.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint and gristle to muscle, and makes people invincible, and formed those heroic natural wonders that are now seen in the world. Do not, be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when you are defeated in a good cause. My advice to you is: "Don't take detours PERSONALLY!
The Wise Men proved to be not so wise. They tipped their hand to Herod, an evil man and should not have trusted him. They got tricked by him. They gave him too many details about the birth of Jesus. Check the text in Matthew 2: 1-12. They told him a new king had been born, the times, the dates, the place. Herod took it all in as he made plans to murder the new king in order to protect his own power. The wise men were tricked, duped, deceived, scammed, and bamboozled. They could have taken it personally.
How many times have we taken our failures and detours personally and stared in with the negative self-talk and self-hatred. We call ourselves: "dumb, stupid, careless, nitwit, fool; we say things like:" When will you ever learn', "Here you go again," "You failed once more;" "Why can't you do anything right?"
The truth is things don't even go right for smart successful people. It is possible to be doing everything right and still have to take a major detour in life. The wise Men were doing everything right. They were fulfilling their purpose. They were obeying God. They were astrologist. They had studied the stars. They gathered the gifts appropriate to give to the one they were seeking. They did their background check; searching the history scrolls for information concerning the Messiah, the king that the Prophet Micah said would be born in Bethlehem.
When they found, the Christ child, they worshiped him....and yes, they still ended up on a detour. It is important in the bad times to not take things so seriously or personal. Give God the glory in good times and in bad times. It is important to keep the faith. If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it! Stop looking at the signs, the physical manifestations of things that signal that you are confused, this isn't right and that isn't right. Stay focused.
Learn from your failures. The Wise men made their mistake with Herod, learned about the problem in their dream, and made the necessary course-corrections of taking another route. You and I can do the same thing.
When I experienced setbacks, losses, rejection, and intimidation, I did not give up. I leaned and depended upon God to show me the way. I trusted Him to lead me around traps of jealousy, anger, bitterness, forgiveness, envy etc. I didn't get distracted because I had to seek another route to get where God wanted me to go and doing what God had set aside for me to do. All that I needed, his hand had already provided. I just had to grab a hold of the promises and not let go.
Sometimes the road less traveled is the best road!!! Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and he shall direct your path, Wait I say on the Lord."
The road you're on might be a DETOUR, but at the end of that road there is always a sigh that leads back to the main road or highway. Be Bless on this day.