Detours

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Although I’ve memorized numerous Scriptures over the years, I don’t know the numeric references for most of them off the top of my head, and while that deficiency has obvious downsides, it has the upside of enabling me to encounter familiar verses like Isaiah 40:30-31 by surprise. Friend, haven’t you had that experience in life where you’ve stopped at an airport or a gas station or a grocery store in some faraway place and, all of a sudden, you come across an old friend? You’d lost touch; life had led you different directions, but there, in that unfamiliar spot, you hug and laugh and reconnect and say, “it’s a small world after all!” Encounters like that remind us that life doesn’t happen by accident; it happens on purpose. 

What a small world we find in this infinite book! Effectively, we cross foreign terrain and find it home. We turn old, archaic pages and reunite with our dearest companions. We take detours on prophetic backroads and discover them to be highways into the heart of God.