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One of my favorite preachers is Tony Evans.  His style and clarity have opened wide doors for him to speak God’s truth to this generation.  And, every time he preaches, God uses his sermons to inspire, convict, and encourage the saints of God.  Recently, I found a sermon of his entitled, THE PROMOTION OF DETOURS.  The title aroused my curiosity and I found in that sermon this splendid illustration about life’s detours and delays.  Life is rarely “exactly” what we planned.  Rather, through the various hills and valleys, smooth highways and construction zones, and “on time arrivals” and detours that we learn about faith as we walk with God.

Perhaps this illustration by Tony Evans is a vivid picture of how you feel this very day.  If so, then take heart.  God who has “ordered your steps” knows where you are, and He is doing a work “in you” even when you feel you are on the tarmac and wasting time.

My wife and I were on our way back from Denver, Colorado, and we got on a plane from Denver to Dallas. Our plan was a straight line—nonstop; to leave Denver and arrive in Dallas in an hour and forty-five minutes. Part way into the flight, the pilot came on and said, “There are storms in the Dallas area, and we have been re-routed. We won’t be going to Dallas. We’re going to be landing in Oklahoma City.”

Oklahoma City was not in my plans, I had not requested it, desired it or anticipated it, yet somebody else was in control. And that somebody just told me I wasn’t going where I thought I was headed and, as such, we wound up landing in Oklahoma City.

 Not only were we in Oklahoma City, but we were stuck on an airplane, a place I didn’t want to be stuck. The pilot kept coming on and saying, “15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes,” and he did this for over two hours! Finally, we were told we could leave Oklahoma City, and I could get back to my destiny which was Dallas. So, the plane got on the runway, then suddenly, it slowed down again.

The pilot said, “I am so sorry but new storms have shown up in the Dallas area, so we were not able to take off” Hours more went by. Then he said, “Things have cleared up in Dallas, we’re going to take off.” Finally, I’m going to reach my destiny which is Dallas, I thought. The plane landed.

The pilot came back on and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have landed in Dallas. The bad news is there are no gates available, and it will be another forty-five minutes before we can anticipate pulling up to a gate.”

Some of you feel like that’s the story of your life; you planned to be “somewhere” by now. And yet you’re in a holding pattern, and you don’t know when this plane called destiny is going to land.  (Taken from THE PROMOTION OF DETOURS, Dr. Tony Evans).

Ephesians 5:15-17Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.