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If it feels like life is always taking you on detours, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reminds us not to worry, and allow ke Akua to take the wheel as he has the better line of sight.

Weekly devotional: Follow the detour

Jul. 23, 2021

  • KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

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Heluhelu Baibala
Noʻonoʻo ihola ko ke kanaka naʻau I kona ʻaoʻao iho;
Akā, na Iēhova e alakaʻi i kona mau kapuwaʻi.
– Na Solomona 16:9

Scripture Reading
The mind of a person plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
– Proverbs 16:9

He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Did you hear the news about the Polish Olympic swim team? After arriving in Tokyo, six of the swimmers found out that they were being sent home because they had too many members on their team. A clerical error had been made and these athletes had to pay the price for it.

As one of those headed home commented, “Imagine dedicating five years of your life and striving for another start at the most important sporting event,  giving up your private life and work, sacrificing your family etc.”

What a heartbreak. This was just another challenge that has faced those headed to the biggest athletic competition in the world which also included a rise in COVID-19 cases among the athletes and coaches. This spike has prompted major sponsors, including Panasonic and NEC Corporation, to skip Friday’s opening ceremony. I would hate to be the CEO of the games which have already been delayed a year.

This is symbolic of what has taken place this past year, all the stops and stutters along the way. We will make plans then something comes up that forces a detour. You would think we would know how to deal with that, yet we’ll gripe, moan and stomp our feet, crying out, “It’s not fair!” The reason for this is because we are looking at things from only our point of view. If we look at how God has a better line of sight, we might just see the reason why.

Take a baseball player who is up to bat. He sees a pitch coming and takes a swing but stops at the last second. Did he break the plane where his swing would be counted as a strike? Do you ask the home plate umpire? No, you turn to the third base umpire who has a better view and can make the correct call.

God is the one who is in the best position to make the call on our lives, because He sees all. Not just how things would impact us, but all those around us. Not just for the weeks or months ahead but further out in our lives. While we may make the plans, God is the one who orders our steps. Sometimes those plans need to be shifted so the greater good can come about with a greater result for all.

In the lives of the disciples, their fishing days ended abruptly so they could start a new life with Christ. That life meant turning away from all that they knew to a new way of being and doing. Joseph was just minding his own business when his brothers threw him in a pit and faked his death. God saved him and he was lifted to a place of leadership where he was able to save a nation from famine.

Is God sending you on a detour, maybe even cancelling your plans and calling you to something new? Don’t kick and scream, but stop, pause and look for the revealing of His will, His good and perfect will. Be ready for something great to happen. It’s happened to me more than once and I am glad it did.

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