Why You Sometimes Need To Take The Long Way Round

Originally published Monday, 21 January 2013.

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His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)


A young man and his wife pulled over and asked an old couple if they knew where they could find an ATM. 


The old man replied, “Of course. I was born in this town, raised  3 children here. I plan to die in this town too. Now where was it you wanted to go young man?”


“Er, the post office”. The young man knew his wife’s idea to ask for directions had been flawed. This was going to take forever!


“Of course, an ATM! I didn’t think young things like you needed real money anymore. Don't you just do everything over the internet? Now what were you looking for?”


“The ATM!” the young couple exclaimed in unison.


Unperturbed the old man replied, “To get to the closest ATM, turn left at the next traffic light, which will take you past the bakery where you can buy the best chocolate croissants. At the stop street, you will see the dry cleaners in front of you, right next to a small restaurant “Michael’s”: they serve the best Sunday lunches. At the stop street turn left again, past home affairs and the traffic department. Take a left again at the traffic lights; you will see the post office on the corner just passed the library.”


The old couple stood for a moment after they drove off before the old woman turned and enquired, “Love, why did you not tell them to just go straight through two traffic lights and they would find an ATM on the corner?” 


With a twinkle in his eye the old man said, “Well, I could have told them that…but then they would not have known where to buy the best croissants in town, or where to eat Sunday lunch or where to obtain passports or renew car licenses or where the library was.”


Sometimes I think God is like that old man, he just wants to make sure we have everything we need for living. 


God doesn't just want to make sure we can perform the task we need to; he wants us to be able to perform life excellently and enjoy a good chocolate croissant while we do. 


Next time you feel like you’ll never fulfill the purpose God has for you, stop and ask God what he might be trying to show you on the way. And you might just discover that God is making sure you have everything you need to live the life he has for you. 


What do you think God is trying to show you at the moment?


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