When What We Want Seems to Be Taking SO LONG

Yes, life is like a race but it's also like a road trip. It's about so much more than getting there.

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True confession: Sometimes what God says doesn’t make a lick of sense to me (as we say in the South). I stare at the words on the thin, crinkly paper and end up scratching my head with the end of my Bible highlighter.

I felt that way when I recently read this, “So God led the people by the roundabout way” (Exodus 13:18). This crazy little jewel is in a passage about the Israelites leaving Egypt to go to the Promised Land. It’s before they goofed up and God said they had to wander around for forty years. This is a whole different deal where God intentionally led them the roundabout way.

Although this is confusing and strange and unexpected, it also gives me hope. Because in my mind the will of God always looks like a thin, straight line. Then life invariably does not. So I start thinking I must have taken a detour somewhere or I would already be there. Have you ever felt that way?

The new year is coming soon and perhaps, like me, you’re feeling reflective. I imagine the last 300 or so days may not have turned out the way you planned. There might have been a bit of chaos. Something unexpected. A few twists and turns. If so, let’s take heart: This doesn’t automatically mean that we’re not in the will of God. Sometimes He just leads His people by the roundabout way.

Why? Because He knows us better than we know ourselves. Because His ways are not like ours. Because we think in terms of minutes and He grasps all of eternity. Because we barely see a foot in front of us and He knows the whole story, the whole winding way that is going to get us where He wants us to go.

It makes me laugh to think God sometimes takes the scenic route.

Maybe next year I’ll act less like the kid in the back seat asking “Are we there yet?” every forty-seven seconds. Maybe I’ll roll down the window and take in the view and eat some snacks. Maybe I’ll remember that, yes, life is like a race but it’s also like a road trip. It’s about so much more than getting there.


Holley Gerth


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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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