Shane M. Oberlin

Shane M. Oberlin

    God has a way of working through our lives to get us to a place beyond our wildest dreams, but this usually happens through circumstances that we least expect.  I like to call this little phenomenon: “The Divine Detour.”I have seen God take me to places that I never expected to go, through ways that I never expected to get there. I never expected to go to Jordan, or anywhere near the Middle East for that matter. I know that I am called to other nations in other areas of the world, so my trip to Jordan was completely unexpected, and I had no desire to go at first.

Little did I know that God had a different plan…

God softened my heart toward the Arab people, and gave me the desire to minister love, hope and the Truth of Isa Al Masih (Jesus, the Messiah).  I had a many great opportunities while in Jordan; everything from working with children, to showing compassion to the refugees of Syria’s civil war. You can read more about my experiences here.

I also never expected to move to Texas, almost 1000 miles away from where I grew up. I came on this leg of my spiritual journey because I knew within my soul that if I didn’t change something, I would just stagnate and fall deeper into depression and self-deprecation. I have learned so much in my time here, and I’m sure that I won’t fully realize all of the facets of this growth for many years to come. But, without my time in Texas, I never would have went to Jordan. Without my time in Jordan, I would not have been propelled into the proper position to truly fulfill my God-given destiny through writing.

Divine Detours.

God can see much farther than we can. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Sometimes, He uses the situations that don’t make sense in the moment to get us to something that would have been previously inaccessible. Sometimes, we have to go through a trial, in order to get to a place of victory. God wants to take us around, through, over and beneath different obstacles in our lives, but we must partner with Him in order to successfully navigate the detour.

Today, take some time to remember the “Divine Detours” in your own life. As you remember the faithfulness of God, thank Him for leading and guiding you through the storm to the place of promise.

If you are in the middle of a detour that doesn’t feel so Divine, take heart! Seek the Lord and discover the purpose behind the process, because your appointment with transformation might be just around the corner!




is a devoted lover of Jesus who seeks to impact the world through writing, the prophetic, counseling, travel, speaking, and song.

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