We have a lovely detour/road closure right beside our neighborhood currently (insert sheer joy in my voice)! For an anticipated 6 WEEKS, we can no longer turn right – well…you CAN turn right, but the sign clearly says:
Do you see those cars coming back from the road that is CLOSED?
I would like to take this moment to bring you a Public Service Announcement:
For everyone in Union County traveling on Hwy 84 towards Weddington from Monroe…the LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY that this sign refers to after the St. John’s Forest neighborhood is indeed 1 FARM HOUSE AND A BARN! I don’t think all you people live in that farm house or barn>?>?> I’m just sayin’!
So, all you crazy people that decide you should just ignore the warning, I have this even crazier notion to sit at the entrance of my neighborhood and wait for you to come driving right back so I can stand there doing the “Told You So” dance!!!
Yes, the detour STINKS!
Yes, my job and my child’s daycare require me to turn RIGHT, not left.
But, IT IS CLOSED – C L O S E D – C L O S E D!
I’ve even considered making my own sign to add to the detour sign:
Y’all think I’m kidding?
Maybe we need some education on detours?
The official google definition for detour:
WikiHow even gives us instructions on “How to Take a Detour In Road Closures” (you know, in case you were wondering):
- Take a detour when the road is in use.
- Follow all traffic directions. The police or Highway Patrol will give you directions and you will follow them on an alternate route.
- Keep a map with you in case the alternate route is not clearly marked.
- Use caution.
- Read all detour signage.
- Know when there is a detour in your area.
- Do not go on a road that is closed.
- Police will be watching you.
- You might get a ticket.
- You might knock over barricades.
Well, thank you so much, WikiHow – don’t know how I’d handle detours with you!
The Bible even sheds a few hints about detours in life:
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
Exodus 13: 17-18
The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:19
I have a choice to pay attention to the signs that are clearly marked ahead – OR, I can blow right past them and waste all of my gas and energy when I will have to turn around and come right back. I can do this in my car and in my walk with God.
I’m challenging myself to change my perspective on detours. There is a reason and usually it is a short term investment/frustration that will ultimately benefit my life in positive ways when complete. Yes, even those detours that God throws – taking me away from the plans that I’ve constructed all on my own – it is for my own good!
I mean, who doesn’t love a brand new, fancy round-a-bout? That’s what they are building near my neighborhood 🙂
Please don’t ever do what I did….