17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:
When things take longer than we expect, it may be because the short route is extremely dangerous; God is sparing us from potential discouragement.
The shorter distance may not always be the quicker way.
Slow but sure, better safe than sorry; unnecessary risks are exactly that–unnecessary.
We trust God; He knows the way to take.
We can trust God for directions; He created the locations.
God knows where we’re coming from; where we ought to go; how to get there.