TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Psalm 13:1-2 (NIV)
DETOURS IN TRAGEDY
In 1991, a movie came out called “Grand Canyon.” In that film, a well-to-do lawyer tries to avoid a traffic jam by detouring off the expressway, and soon gets lost in a very dangerous and unfamiliar part of the city. His car breaks down. It’s night, and although he manages to call a tow truck, by the time it arrives, his expensive car is surrounded by gang members. Clearly, they are planning to take his car by force, and possibly harm him in the process. Then the tow-truck driver, “Simon,” arrives, played by Danny Glover. Over the protests of the gang members, Simon proceeds to hook the car up to his truck. And then Simon does something unexpected. He asks the leader of the gang to just let him go. “I’ve gotta ask you for a favor,” he says. “Let me go my way here. This truck’s my responsibility, and now that the car’s hooked up to it it’s my responsibility too.”
The detour led the lawyer down a dangerous road. Fortunately, he was able to get help and get back on the right road. When David walked through tragedy, he was tempted to take a detour in his faith. David asked if God had abandoned him. He experienced loneliness. And he wrestled with bitterness in his heart. David had mental anguish and emotional sorrow. But God had not abandoned David and David was never alone. David was also fortunate enough to not detour too far off the road of faith.
Allowing tough seasons to detour our faith can lead us down dangerous and destructive roads. Which of the three detours Mike pointed out are you tempted to give in to: isolation; loneliness; or bitterness?
Thank God for hearing your cries even when your faith is shaky. Thank God for never abandoning you. Ask God to keep you on the right path as you wrestle with sorrow.