Delays and Detours

Written by: Kim Johnson, Author of I Am My Sister (Women helping Women) @ (

I have always been the type of person that when my mind is set, that’s the direction I am headed. Full steam ahead is my motto; Lol, I’m about my business. Well, I can see, God is about His business too, and sometimes my business and His business don’t line up. I used to get so disappointed when I had plans and those plan didn’t work out the way I expected them to. I can remember as far back as when I was a child growing up, having feelings of disappointment when my mom told me we were going to do something, and then at the last minute, those plans changed. I don’t know, maybe those childhood disappointments had something to do with my behavior as an adult.

In any event, God is still working on me, and I thank God that my mindset is totally different now. Today, I am more conscious of God’s desire for my life, and I can see that those disappointments as a youth, were actually delays and detours which were meant to arrow the course of my life in a very different direction than I was headed. To God be the Glory!

As for you, Woman of God, you need to know, God may use a multitude of detours in your life to get you to where He wants you to be. Some detours could be, sorrow, loneliness, heartbreak, illness, affliction, disappointment, and the death of a loved one. Regardless of the method God uses, and no matter what happens in your life, never forget that God is in complete control of all things, including Satan. Nothing! And I mean NOTHING! Happens without the Fathers permission, and His knowing about it.
Likewise, “the Lord works through adversity; allowing it in our lives for a season to accomplish an important purpose in us. That adversity trains us to trust God, and it can be a bridge to a deeper relationship with Him” (Charles Stanley, Job: 1-12).

Sisters do you hear me, God has a plan for your life, and sometimes there is no direct path that leads to that plan; sometimes there are twist and turns. He knows every detail about your life, your situation, and your heart, including the painful stuff. But no matter what! Stay the course. Keep praying. Keep trusting, because God’s desire is to bless you.

Sister to sister, what are you going through? Do you trust God even though you may be delayed or have to take a detour?

Stanley, C. F. (2009). Life Principles Bible. In C. Stanley (Ed.). Thomas Nelson.