The Detour in the Journey

Our family is growing.

 

Our family is blessed to be on vacation for the week. School begins in a couple weeks and enjoying the beach with our family is a welcome break from the busyness of summer before our fall schedule launches. Being the crazy adventure loving family we are, we decided to get a jump start on our trip by getting up at 2 am and leaving around 3 with the hopes of getting to the beach earlier in the day.

All was going well but for some reason it was a LONG night and while some trips can seem to go quickly our trip down to Florida seemed to take DAYS.

I tend to be one of those that instead of savoring the moments of the trip, I just want to get there. So when GPS started leading us through the boonies on dirt roads. It started to become laughable. We twisted and turned and GPS had us trying to go through roads that were closed and at one point even wanting us to turn into a property with a barn. So here we are, 45 mins away from the white sand and blue water, on dirt roads out in the middle of nowhere. It is SURELY a memory we won’t forget. We laughed as we imagined an older country man in overalls fishing’ in his little pond and us asking him, have you seen the beach? You should have heard the delighted exclamations when we reached civilization again.

And it got me to thinking. When the Lord takes us on side roads that we are think hindering our destination. What is our response? Will we cry and whine, only seeing our delay and get frustrated? Or will we laugh and enjoy the journey, creating memories from our detour.

As we gear up for the school year many of you might homeschool and even those who do not—we have bright, shiny new schedules and are ready to implement them. How will we view interruptions, detours in the journey we think are on. Maybe the detour is really the right path? But, however the Lord takes us through our day. These detours, interruptions and difficulties throughout are part of His plan. The question is, will be become frustrated and impatient. Or will we laugh and make a memory out of it?

And for the record, when you do reach your destination it makes the joy that much sweeter. 😀


Pure Joy