It’s Not Always Smooth Going
For the most part, Route 66 has been a fairly smooth ride. In this segment’s video there were a couple of challenges. In some places the road was pretty rough. There was a time that I missed one of my turns and ended up taking a detour on a loose gravel road to get back on track; not something a motorcycle rider enjoys. However, overall this segment provided some nice scenery (checkout the rural bridge crossing) and a good idea of the beauty of the route.
Detours happen. Sometimes the detour is the result of our own actions; we miss a turn of fail to look at the map. In other cases, the detour is out of our control. In life the same is true. Illness, accidents, job changes, economic circumstances and more can take us down a road less travelled.
In history there is an example of a major detour that a whole people group had to deal with:
17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle (Exodus 13:17-18).
The more direct route for the Hebrew people would have been the Coastal Highway. Probably about a ten day journey to the “Land of Milk and Honey.” However, God did not take them that way. Likely for two reasons; first God knew they would run into the various outposts that were along the highway for the purposes of control and taxes on goods being carried along the trade route. The second reason was that although the Israelites were “ready for battle,” they had not yet been tried…they weren’t ready by experience. They needed to learn that God was in control and that he could be trusted.
When detours happen, we have a choice. We can cry, gripe, get angry, fight or even give up. The Hebrews choose to gripe. After 400 years of laboring for Egypt and given freedom, now they wanted to return. It seems, like us, the Israelites longed for the “greener grass” of the Promised Land, but when confronted with a trial, they remembered all the good times they had “back home.” If they had not taken the detour (this one directed by God) they would have missed seeing the incredible power of God.
No one likes a detour whether on the road or in life. In may ways it is about attitude, but it is also about trust. I am thankful that God is in control even when I feel like everything is out of control:
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:1-4)
Check out todays travel video from Cuba, MO to Tulsa, OK. Music along the way by Rory Partin, Kenny Loggins and Christy Moore.