Have you ever decided to take the long way home? Do you like following a path that is not the most direct route? Nope, me either. I never intentionally choose a route that requires more time. I just want to get where I need to be…and fast! I prefer the main road. But sometimes the shortest way isn’t necessarily the best way.
When the Israelites left behind their oppression and bondage in Egypt, they were headed to a destination that God had prepared for them in advance. It was a place for them to call home. But “God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, ‘If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’ So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.” Exodus 13:17-18 NLT
The shortest route wasn’t the best.
God had the wisdom and foresight to know that if they took the shortest route and the people ran into the mighty Philistines, it could be so discouraging that they would turn back and miss out on all that He had prepared for them. God did not want that to happen! He saw the obstacles and potential dangers that could derail them so He decided to intentionally skip the shortest route and lead them the long way home…even if they couldn’t see why, even if they got frustrated, even if they didn’t understand.
And God will make the same decision for you today.
As God is leading you on your journey, He may decide to skip the quickest route and take you the long way home. I know that can be frustrating but trust God to get you home. He is the one who can see the obstacles in your way. He understands the dangers that lie ahead. He recognizes the things that have the potential to send you running right back into the unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors you are so desperately trying to leave behind. He doesn’t want anyone or anything to keep you from all that He has prepared for you. So He is willing to lead you the long way home…even if you can’t see why, even if you get frustrated, even if you don’t understand. He loves you that much.
If you find yourself going the long way home, it’s ok. There is no need to panic or rush ahead. It may just be that the shortest route isn’t the best. Trust God to lead you along the right path. His route is the best way. And He will make sure that you don’t miss out on the good things He has in store for you!