Dead Ends Are Not Always Dead Ends

One of our favorite ways to spend a day is down along the Coleman River in a remote part of our area. The one lane dirt road rambles along the river for miles. It travels past a few rustic campgrounds, fly fishermen, and children clamoring among the boulders. The road continues on through Tate City, population 32 (I’m not kidding). At the end of Tate City is a dead end. Or so it seems.
If you park your car and get out, you will find a trail. That trail leads to all kinds of wonderfulness.

It looked like a dead end.
It felt like a dead end.
It wasn’t until we got out and looked at it another way that we discovered our journey wasn’t over.
Dead ends are not always dead ends.

The job interview that ended in another landing the job.
The miscarriage.
Another doctor’s visit and still the unnamed illness.
The dissolved business.
The burned bridges brought on by the addiction.
The relationship that ended.

What seems to be a dead end is not always a dead end with God.
It is another step in the journey.
He doesn’t lead us somewhere to abandon us.
He is intentional.
When He guides us, every step has a purpose.
Even the painful, disappointing ones.
Many times we must be forced into considering another way of traveling, another perspective. It could be that He led you down the pathway so you could meet that person, develop that skill, or uncover that Truth.
Dead ends are not always dead ends when God is leading.
He promises us:

“I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

“The Lord will always make a way for His tired yet trusting children,
even if He must split the sea to do it.” -Robert Morgan

Lord, give us eyes to see, hears to hear and a heart that trusts you
even in the dark unknown.

m.bourlet 6.12.16


9 thoughts on “Dead Ends Are Not Always Dead Ends

  1. I really enjoyed The Sparrow story and Dead ends not always dead ends.
    The Sparrow really spoke to me, reading it for me the timing was excellent. Have you given any more thought to sharing more of your stores the lord has shown you? I am confident you would bring comfort and would bless others.

    Thanks again Michelle, looking forward to hearing more from you.
    Scott D. Northeast, Georgia.


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