I mentioned briefly in my Aquathlon race recap that there was confusion during my 1 mile swim. I was part of the first wave to start and since swimming is a strength for me, I decided to start out at the front of the wave. I tried to pace myself, reminding myself that this wasn’t a sprint and it was important that I found my rhythm. However after rounding the first buoy and heading towards the second I noticed that the buoy I had been looking for wasn’t there anymore.

I spent several minutes of wondering if I was aimlessly swimming or if I was actually on the course. After seeking out much advice from the volunteers who were in the kayaks and collaboratively following those around me, I eventually made it back on course. I still don’t know why the change or what happened, but I will tell you in the moment I was pretty frustrated. “Do I just swim to the end skipping the full course?” I thought.

And it was during the rest of the swim that the Lord taught me a lesson. You see, when you are swimming you can’t exactly take a break. So when the course changes in front of you, you must keep moving. And so in the confusion, that is exactly what I did. I didn’t know where to go, but I also didn’t know what else to do. It was either drown or keep moving forward.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been on a course, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually and gotten rerouted? It sure does throw a wrench in all of your plans, huh? Well it definitely did mine. I, along with the other swimmers around me, was confused. Where do I go? What do I do? Thankfully the persistence paid off and when I knew I was back on the correct route I chose to let go of the frustration and find my rhythm again.

Has there been a buoy in your journey that has been canceled or moved? Maybe like me, it was right in front of your eyes and was then all of a sudden taken away? Or a failed adoption after the birth parents already said “yes?” Or a failed class right before graduation? Or a canceled IVF transfer after months of anticipating the big day? Or a break-up right before the much desired engagement.

I don’t know why you have been rerouted, but I know that when the Lord reroutes you it’s always for your good. It might be to protect you from something, it might be to teach you a lesson or it might be because you were on the wrong path to begin with, but it’s always for your good.

Don’t let a new route cause you to grow frustrated or quit. Keep on swimming and you will get back on the correct course. Allow people to cheer and encourage you along the way. When you cross the finish line, it will be worth all the difficulty you faced during the course. There will be people to congratulate you for finishing and you will even be rewarded with a medal at the end. Whatever the race is that you are participating in, trust that you are on the right path and if God reroutes you, always remember it’s for your good!



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  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 07:49h, 15 July Reply

    I love when real life lessons show me so much about God & what he calls us to do.
    & sorry, I had Dory in my head the whole time, “Just keep swimming” 🙂

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 08:53h, 15 July Reply

    YES! I love this, how you were able to “just keep swimming” while waiting for your swim to be re-routed. So many times I’ve been re-routed whether from my own mistakes or from pauses God has put into my path, but looking back, I have to appreciate every re-route as they brought me here. Sometimes when we are facing a block in the road it’s hard to accept it might have a purpose, but I know that God is in control and every step is chosen for me. I just have to trust and follow the path.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:25h, 15 July Reply

    This is a great reminder! I love what you said about continuing on to get back on the course. That is frustrating, though, in a race when that happens!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:53h, 15 July Reply

    Oh yes, I’ve been there! Got to keep trusting in His plans. =)

  • Mary
    Posted at 12:39h, 15 July Reply

    What a great lesson from God. I have been on path a lot of time and lost sight of my goal- and I agree it is certainly frustrating. For example, one of the biggest ones recently was buying a house. My fiancé and I are both getting married soon and we started looking at houses to move into after the wedding. We started to get so consumed in the home buying world that we forgot to make time for our actual wedding- which was the end goal. With being behind a week or two with the wedding plans, we decided to not look for homes until after we get married. I know this is a small example, but still.

  • Tiffani
    Posted at 16:05h, 15 July Reply

    Oh my goodness this was good. We cant always stop and God wants us to be so dependent upon Him that we are just following as He is leading without having to stop and get our bearings. Thanks for this reminder!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 16:12h, 15 July Reply

    and as long as God is with you on your journey 🙂

  • Tara
    Posted at 19:38h, 15 July Reply

    We all have crazy detours in life sometimes. It’s comforting to know God has a plan!

  • Grace Treherne
    Posted at 20:51h, 15 July Reply

    Such a great analogy and godly encouragement. Thanks for sharing! Also I entered myself into the giveaway. Couldn’t figure out how to share the post for the 5 extra entries though. 🙁 #TechnicallyChallenged

  • Jed
    Posted at 22:30h, 15 July Reply

    Great illustration and very timely. This has been a year of rerouting for Jenny and I. Lots of good is coming out of it, but it is also quite the journey of faith for us as well. Thank you for these much needed words of encouragement 🙂

  • Kristi
    Posted at 22:58h, 15 July Reply

    God has rerouted me several times in ways that I never would have gone myself and so thankful for how He has done it! It has made me rely on Him all the more for his wisdom and grace.

  • Victor S E Moubarak
    Posted at 10:28h, 16 July Reply

    When we are re-routed it is often because God wants us to meet new people and touch their lives with His love.

    God bless.

  • Sarah Jane
    Posted at 14:38h, 16 July Reply

    I was rerouted this AM. The condo association where we live organized a community picnic… but my son was cried almost non-stop for 60-90 minutes. He would not bend his neck forward and kept pointing at his neck. My husband works on Saturdays, AND we only have one car. I called the ped’s office and was told to bring him in. I called my husband and told him what the pediatrician recommended. He had to come home after being at work for only 2 hours. He also does not get PTO and money is TIGHT. Needless to say, I’m trying to trust in God right now, instead of questioning Him.

  • De Bolton
    Posted at 06:40h, 18 July Reply

    I’m glad you were able to share the lesson you learn.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 15:55h, 18 July Reply

    Yes, yes, and yes!!

  • Amy March
    Posted at 11:42h, 21 July Reply

    The past year has been rerouting after rerouting. I may never know why, but there’s not really another choice but to get back on course.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 17:30h, 27 July Reply

    Excellent analogy! I like when you said you let go of the frustration. I need to remember it sure doesn’t help me swim well if my mind is still back there wishing things had gone differently.

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