Just after I posted about how the Lord often uses bends in our road to grow and mature us, I received a prayer letter from missionary friends who are experiencing one such bend. They have gone from ministering in a country in Asia to a country in Europe. Another missionary couple I know recently changed countries of focus from a place in central Europe to western Europe. Often times, when bends like this occur, those at home scratch their heads and, whether it is stated aloud or not, think that the first time something must have gone "wrong" and that now they've got it "right." Now they're "right" where they're supposed to be. Now they're "right" about where they feel the Lord wants them.
There is serious damage done in thinking that bends in the road mean a person wasn't listening to the Lord. In the book of Proverbs we are repeatedly entreated to fear the Lord and we all ought to find ourselves doing so. We all should seek the Lord and strive to walk in His will all the days of our lives. But when someone is doing both of these things and plans change or lives take a different turn than expected, it would be foolishness to believe that these changes are because the Lord was not leading or involved in those decisions and the changes regarding them.
You may not understand why there is a bend in your road. Other people may not understand your bend and you probably won't quite understand theirs. But that's okay. What we all need to realize is that the Lord's arm is never shortened regardless of our circumstances and that He will always work His will for our good and His glory. We need to realize that He will never allow us to walk blithely into a place where He is not when we are seeking His will. "Never leaving" and "never forsaking" and always "working all things for good" are promises that cannot be negated regardless of time or situation or circumstance. As we follow the Lord, He will direct us. That's a promise. Bends in the road are, often times, simply a part of His leading and direction; they are not necessarily things to be deemed needful because we got it wrong at first and now we've got it "right."