I used to see bumper stickers reading “God is my Co-Pilot”. One of my youth staff had this on their beater of a car. Besides the fact it is cheesy Christian stuff, there is truth in this.
Genesis shows us one of these incidents. Jacob wanted to fulfill God’s plan for him in the land of Israel. But famine struck and in order to survive he needed to go south.
He did not want to go south to Egypt. He wanted to go north to the land which God promises to his ancestors.
But God’s plan involved going south, to eat the food his son Joseph had stored up in Egypt, so in the future the 12 sons could go north to their destiny.