Ryan and his wife were taking their two young boys on a camping trip. Somewhere in Arizona a tire blew out and they was were stuck in a small town while the local garage replaced it. Getting the tire was going to take a couple hours and because of COVID Ryan’s family couldn’t stay in the shop. They walked to a nearby cemetery to have lunch and wait until they could pick up their car.
I know when I get too set on what I want to happen I can get agitated, concerned, and even worried when things don't go as planned. James reminded disciples in the early church:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 3:13-14 (NIV)
Life goes by so quickly. Maybe we would do well to think of life’s breakdowns and detours as just part of the journey. Some of the most important lessons and experiences are found in the breakdowns and detours life throws at us. Like Ryan’s boys may we find little ways to appreciate life even when the unexpected comes our way.