Last night, it took me an extra 20 minutes to get home. MDOT was working on the I-55 entrance ramps. The frustrating part is, there was no signage alerting you to the closed ramps. I turned to get onto the ramp I normally use in downtown only to see the large arrow blinking showing that the ramp was closed, which would've forced me to go south instead of north. I turned around and drove down to High Street. When I got in front of Herrin Gear, there were cones blocking the entrance to I-55 there. I turned around and drove down to Fortification Street. When I got to the I-55 ramp, there was a sign saying to use an "alt route", but the blinking sign was literally at the entrance ramp to I-55 and I couldn't see it until I got right up on it. I turned around and drove down to Woodrow Wilson and was able to get on there. It took me driving through downtown for 20 minutes (at 11pm no less & by myself) to find a place to get onto I-55.
That's alittle bit like life sometimes. There are places you "think" you're going, only to get stopped right before you make the turn. You make an adjustment and try to move in a different direction and find you're stopped there, too. The frustrating part about it all is you had no idea these roadblocks would delay your plans because there was no indication of a life change for you.
The good part is God always knows where we're headed. When we don't know, He holds the road map, the last minute changes and the alternate routes we can take to get there. Jonah in the Bible experienced something like that. God told Jonah to go to Ninevah, but Jonah had other plans. Jonah ended up running from God's plans only to get swallowed by a whale. He finally relented and followed God's plan for his life.
God has a Ninevah for our life. We can take the long way around and try to run from His plan, or we can go straight there, bypassing all of the lane changes and bumpy roads.