Detours occur not only on the highways, but also sometimes in our lives. Sometimes we are planning on heading in one direction in life, then circumstances change drastically, sending us in a totally unexpected direction.
Sometimes detours come as a result of circumstances beyond your control. Detours are sometimes the result of unforeseen events related to our health, employment, or family situation. At other times, however, we cause our detours through our own deliberate actions and decisions.
When Moses was around forty years old, he too experienced one of life’s detours. The course of his life was altered by an unwise and rash decision. This detour in Moses’ life was significant; it lasted forty years. My guess is that during that lengthy detour Moses must have felt like that part of his life was an incredible waste of time. But actually God used this detour to prepare Moses for his role as mediator of the old covenant.