I left home with my destination firmly in my mind, just as I know my end-of-life destination is heaven. I wasn't too sure how long my trip would take or if there would be detours or construction along the way. I guarantee I have made many detours in my lifetime.
Sometimes, I think I know where I'm going, but then I see all the other traffic getting off at an exit and I think I should follow. Maybe they know something I don't.
I feel that way in my life too. When it seems everyone else is accomplishing things and moving forward and passing me, I become envious. I don't want to be left behind, seemingly not making progress in my life.
Sometimes my life is full of detours. I have to take a different route and it isn't the shortest or the fastest. Occasionally, there is construction on the road and in my life. Several years ago, on the way home from Atlanta, I was stuck for 2 hours. It seemed interminable. There have been times in my life when I was stuck, too. Not making any forward progress, but eventually, I began to move again.
When my oldest grandchild was 9 or 10, I took her with me to visit my sister near Chicago. I thought it would be fun and a little more scenic if we took an alternate route. It was definitely scenic. She kept asking me, "Grandma, are we lost?" I would answer, "No. I know where I am. It's just not where I want to be."
In retrospect, that statement has been true of my life many times. I know where I am in my spiritual journey. It's just not where I want to be yet.
I know that if I accept the detours, not be envious of people moving faster than me, don't be tempted to follow others and don't spend all my time looking back, I will reach my destination and that was the point of the whole trip, right?