God takes us to the long way instead of the short.
“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, thought that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
God knows their weakness, they might retreat and doubt again. And they did. Exodus 14:10-12 says they turned against their own initial decision out of fear of the approaching Egyptians and had doubted the promise ahead and were ready to retreat. Did this just happen once? No, it happened several times…the viscious cycle of complaining then regretting…
But maybe I am in the long way right now because God wants to make sure that I don’t turn back around. He knows me better so He’s leading the long way of no return instead of bringing me to the shortcut, which He could have done and it would have been an earlier victory, but I wouldn’t have been where I am, protected from any chance to retreat, had He not put barriers to the short road.