Most adults who have lived a considerable amount of time in this country have likely taken a cross-country road trip or two. Such excursions can be fun and memorable—or, perhaps, interminable and quite forgettable.

Though I recall road trips with my family, the most memorable excursion took place when I was a college student.

Andrews University is located in Michigan. Breaks from school offered me an opportunity to visit my family in Toronto, 400 miles northeast.

At the end of one Thanksgiving weekend, we were preparing to start back to college. After checking with my passengers, the consensus was to leave at 2:30 in the afternoon. A number of our classmates had started back in the early morning.

We finally left Toronto at 3:30 and enjoyed wonderful conditions for about 100 miles. Then we hit an intense snowstorm. As the snow accumulated, the roads grew extremely treacherous.

We pulled off at a large service station and checked on the weather conditions ahead. We learned that the storm had already dropped a foot of snow in the Detroit area, and the end was not in sight. After some discussion, we decided to head back to Toronto and try our trip again the next day.

Early Monday morning, we started out on a much longer alternative route and arrived back at the school Monday evening. Those who had left Sunday morning did not get back until Tuesday night.

Detours can sometimes provide the best way to reach our destination.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

June 19, 2008