As you now know, I have been recovering from breast cancer. It has been a journey indeed! (By the way, thanks for your continued support, prayers, gifts, calls, and text).
Back in April, I went public about my diagnosis and posted on facebook about what I was experiencing. I’m not one to share everything with everyone, especially on social media (I believe in discretion and that somethings need to be private) however although I was diagnosed back in February it took until April to share; and believe me that was NOT my doing but God prompted me to share at that specific time. In hindsight it now makes sense and I am so glad that I did. (I’ll share why at another time, just know I have no regrets and God’s timing is so perfect and purposeful, even when it doesn’t make sense to us or others).
Well, at that time, God gave me this long title: “Detours Do Not Deter Your Destiny When God Is in the Drivers Seat.” Throughout the past 6 months, I am finding this to be soooo true! God can and will use your pain as a platform to help and bless others. Not only that, I have learned and matured in recognizing the things/people that really matter in my life. Life is so futile and unpredictable. We never know what a day will bring and how one decision, incident, accident, happenstance can change our entire life immediately. With that said, there are many questions we may want to ask ourselves, namely: What really matters to me? What if what I have and enjoy today is taken away from me tomorrow, then what? Do I really say I have faith? Faith in who/what? What if I pray and sought counsel/advice, spent all my savings and still nothing has changed my situation, then what? Is my faith still in tact and my resolve is whatever my lot, it is well with my soul? Do I just given up and just settle? Is my love for myself still unconditional or was it always conditional now that I have experienced this unexpected? Do I just maintain or do I continue to thrive and not survive? Yes, so many and more questions we ponder when life takes us on detour and we encounter the “unexpected.”
Well, I want to share with you a devotional written by Dr. Tony Evans entitled, “Detours.” I was so elated when I came across this devotional for the reasons I shared earlier. Wow, God is amazing, he will speak to you about something and not realizing he is also speaking to someone about the very same thing or similar. I see why it is said that “he (God) is no respect of persons.” He can speak and use you to encourage and help others and use someone else located in another geographic area with the same thing in mind. He is incredible indeed!! Only God does that! This just goes to show me that all of us can be used in some capacity. No need to compete, there is enough of us to go around to help, encourage, inspire, support each other.
To this end, I hope you will take a moment to read his devotional about “Detours” and know that you are not the only one who encounters “the unexpected” that leads you down an unfamiliar path. There is a purpose for the detour. Trust and take it from me, it may “appear” as a setback, uncomfortable, frustrations, scary, inconvenience, etc, but be re-assure that there is a bigger plan that God is unfolding in the detour and it is always good, hopeful, and rewarding in the end! His plans are good, not of evil (Jeremiah 29:11).
I close by saying, you are NOT alone, don’t isolate yourself in your “detour”, but reach out as well as be open to allowing others to come along side to walk with you through this until you reach your destination.