Oak Hill Hikers – Detours

As the blog keeps rolling, thankfully, I can now share the October Oak Hill Hikers event. We visited Julian Price Lake, hiking around the lake, but taking a detour. When I first toured the lake, there was detour leading the trail across the Blue Ridge Parkway and then through the campground nearby before returning to the parking where we began. The detour was not there this time, but we still did this devotion. It is brief, but sparked a lot of conversation for us in terms of life, college, children, jobs, and more.

Detours

Materials: Bible

We took a detour on our hike today which brings us to this picnic table. We could have continued around the lake and finished but, but instead we crossed the parkway and made it up to this area. Detours in life happen quite a bit, and often they are spirit led. Scripture tells us about detours and different ways.

Coming of the magi

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.”

When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and everyone in Jerusalem was troubled with him. He gathered all the chief priests and the legal experts and asked them where the Christ was to be born.They said, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is what the prophet wrote:

You, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
        by no means are you least among the rulers of Judah,
            because from you will come one who governs,
            who will shepherd my people Israel.[a]

Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you’ve found him, report to me so that I too may go and honor him.” When they heard the king, they went; and look, the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11 They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Because they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another route.

Matthew 2:1-12, Bible Gateway

Within this scripture and many others, the Spirit leads people in ways which were not their original intent, and yet these are the ways God wants. Think about times in your life where you took a detour, intended or unintended. Find something in the nature around us which reminds you of that detour.

Discussion and Sharing.

Close in Prayer.

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