If you inquire with my chapter, you’ll find out that I have led them on many trips with additional miles logged. I have utilized my bike’s GPS only to discover that there were shorter and quicker ways to arrive at our destinations, even on occasion misleading them. Just ask about the year we rode to the Loma Linda Christmas Toy ride and how I managed to take them on an eight mile treck through the suburbs only to discover if we stayed on the freeway, two miles ahead was the offramp for our stop! Or add to that the time we were enroute to Ceres and I took the left to HWY 152 rather than staying on HWY 99, realizing my mistake I took the group through farmland back to the correct path.
And that’s how life can be, a bit of taking the wrong roads at times. So what does the Word tell us about how God deals with this tendency? It has a positive note, "For thus says the Lord God: 'Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day'" (Ezekiel 34:11-12). And Luke 15:4-10 says God seeks us out, the searching ending with rejoicing even when we were the one taking the wrong road! God loves you brother and sister. Take a moment to remember God always permits U turns and be encouraged. He never loses His kids.
Love ya, National Chaplain Jeff