The path to a growing church is a zig zag path.
The path to discipleship is a zig zag path.
The path of following God is a zig zag path. It is rarely without detours.
Look at Abraham, you will find a zig zag path.
Look at Moses, you will find a zig zag path.
Look at Joseph or Nehemiah or David or Paul. A zig zag path.
Co-founder and president of Logos Bible Software said:
It may not be possible to move directly to your goal, but you can make sure that every turn you make is in the direction of your goal. Imagine yourself moving down a sports field with the ball; there may be a defender on the straight line between you and the goal, and you may have to zig left or zag right. What you don’t want to do is run in the opposite direction or give up territory. Keep moving, and keep turning toward the goal. — Bob Pritchett, Start Next Now: How to Get the Life You’ve Always Wanted (Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press, 2015), 17.
Or consider this quote from Berkouwer
This life cannot be represented by an ascending line; it will always appear as a zig-zag line, indicating our falling and rising again. — G. C. Berkouwer, Faith and Perseverance, Studies in Dogmatics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1958), 154–157.
As Swindoll said it, it is three steps forward, two steps back. Zig. Zag.