Life is full of them. Twists, turns, changes, loops, stop signs, red lights, slow for pedestrians, you get the idea. I don't think I could find one person who has lived this life beyond the age of seven who has lived it in a straight line with no surprises or twists they weren't expecting. Change is as common and universally expected as death and taxes. Though death and taxes are not appreciated they are generally accepted. Change, however, is often mentally fought against, blithely ignored, or otherwise futilely resisted until it is grudgingly accepted as a last resort. But change is also often the means through which the Lord takes us further down the road on this journey we call life and is necessary for our growth and maturity.
Change can be hard. Often times the waiting game consists of an "I don't know" stage, as my best friend calls it, a resigned period of knowing a solution will come, and the final stage when the sun comes out and answers are finally had. The "I don't know" stage is my least favorite. You know the stage - this is when every single answer to every single question you have is "I don't know." I find when I can finally be resigned to waiting and trusting in the Lord, this is when peace comes and I find that I really don't need to know the final outcome because I know the Lord will reveal it in His perfect timing. Then the answers arrive and it is often accompanied with a bend in the road. A direction changes. Plans are different. Understanding about a calling or job switches. And you have a bend in the road.
It's a life-long growing process to get to the point when these bends, these changes of life, are not only expected, but accepted as well. When the "I don't know" stage becomes "I don't know but He does so it's okay," you know you've learned something and matured just a little bit. Then the next change comes along and you go right back to "I don't know but I sure want to!!" and you realize you still have a lot to learn. And that God is gracious. And that as you resign yourself to waiting for His direction, He will guide you. And that answers will come and that He will continue to lead you on down the next bend in the road.